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I am writing on behalf of a small group or workers who, after years of frustration, have decided that enough is enough!! Here is the situation...The boss' ladyfriend is able to get days off (excused) when no one else can. Other workers are "carried AWOL" and are punished according to company rules for missing days or coming in tardy. I'm not talking about a day now and then, but 80 days or more a year that she doesn't come to work. Others have trouble getting days off for real family emrgencies, and are punished if we "take" a day off without permission. We have collected daily attendance reports to prove this. We have several years of these records. We also know that she is being paid for days not at work. Many people have seen her paychecks, but we have no written proof of this. Is this fraud? Embezeling? Illegal, at least?
We work for a powerful auto manufacturing company and have so called "union representation." Many peple in our department have complained to the union and the company. The union claims they don't want to get involved because the two individuals in question are African -Americans. and they fear a racial discrimination charge. At least that's their excuse for letting this continue. After sending a letter to the plant manager and a big-wig union official, an investigation was started, several people interviewed, and nothing was done...Until the threats started. Several people who signed the letter were called "up front" to labor relations and told in no uncertain terms to drop the matter. Or they would be fired or moved from their jobs to "the four corners of the plant." We have some of these conversations tape recorded. One person who signed the letter was struck by a vehicle driven by the "lady" in question. She says, by accident?? So, no consequences for her action. Thank God he wasn't badly injured, and only had to miss a few days of work. Everyone is becoming fearful and we don't know what to do next. Should we just drop it? We don't think people in powerful positions should abuse their power in this manner. And, we don't think the company and/or union should let them do so. WE thought it was their job to prevent stealing and unfair practices. HELP US! We are in fear of our jobs (and maybe our lives.) Who knows how far they will go to cover up this mess. Thanks for any advice. Stepchild



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Does top management know -- is this sexually based favoritism creating a hostile work envoirnment? Usually the union handles things, but here they seem part of the problem. Go to sexual harassment on FreeAdvice.com, read it. Then hit I want a lawyer and ask an employment lawyer on AttorneyPages.com.

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