ClementineK Posted April 29, 2010 Share Posted April 29, 2010 I have been working at a new small restaurant in town since it opened about 2 months ago. Since it's such a small place we all have been trained to do multiple jobs. 99% of the time I run food out to the guests and perform wait-staff duties. I originally was working five hour days, six days a week. Until about 2-3 weeks ago I got into an argument with a coworker. She typically works evenings and I work days. Except for on Saturdays when we both work together on days. She works both shifts on Saturday but I just come in for lunch. On this particular day we were very busy. However, I use to work in a very high-volume restaurant and I am more than capable of performing my duties. She began trying to help me by clearing tables but I did not ask for him AND there were guests waiting at the register for their order to be taken. At first I nicely I told her, "Don't worry about this. I can clean this up." She insisted that she help and complained how there was no place for these people to sit and how they HAD to change their order to, to-go. The table we were clearing had only been empty for one minute MAYBE two. Even though I was highly irritated I let her help me. She walked back to the kitchen with the left over cups while I wiped down the table. This took maybe a minute and as soon as I got back to the kitchen she was picking up food to take out. The order of food had JUST been made. In fact the cook was still plating another dish that went on the ticket. I was in shock. There were STILL people at the register. I said to her, "Dude, I can do my job." She flipped. I took the plates from her and ignored her. Some time went on-- 10-15 mins --and I come back to the kitchen to find her gossiping with the dish washer. She goes off on me saying how we need to talk. I calmly say to her, "There are some guests waiting at the register for their order to be taken." Which was true. She stomped off. The rest of the shift went smoothly. However, my boss has a talk with me two days later. He decides we cannot work together anymore. He explains I cannot work Saturdays anymore and he's docking her a shift as well. At first I was pleased because this meant I had two days off. But now that I am realizing the effect this has on me money-wise I am not so pleased anymore. Also, because this is a small place there are only six of us who work there. One woman is very sick currently and two other girls are students. This one lady I work with may not be able to work on Friday due to a death in the family. However, I am concerned about what this means about me working this Friday. The only other person able to work would be the coworker I got into a fight with. It's also got me thinking about what would happen in the future if other people were busy and the only people available to work are myself and this other coworker I am forbidden to work with. I am concerned about my future at my work place. To make matters worse, this particular coworker is extremely childish. She is a 29 year old woman and acts like she is 13. She chews gum constantly and it very loud, rude, and demanding. Not to mention, she is lazy and half-arses everything she does. I constantly come into her messes in the morning. I complain to my boss but nothing is done and there is no improvement. She has no concept of personal space or how to politely talk to people. She hugs the dishwashers so tightly and they are struggling to get away and nearly wrestles them to the ground (AND THIS DURING WORKING BUSINESS HOURS). She also wears inappropriate clothing to work and has not be reprimanded for it because she continues to wear it. She also stands around and complains about how she is bored and how we need a TV when there are tons of things to clean, dust, bottles to fill, bathrooms that need paper towel refills, trash that needs to be taken out, etc, etc. Oh, and since the "fight" she has been really snotty and rude to me every time I speak to her. She comes in a little early for her shift (10-15 minutes early) and I needed to go to the post office and I asked her, "Are you ready to take over?" And she replied, "Well duh. Don't you see my name written up there on the time sheet? I'm clocked in." The only reason I was able to get a job at this place was because I was friends with someone. I am assuming that is how she got the job as well. I'm not sure of her connections with the owner but I'm afraid they are closer than mine. I am afraid I will find my hours cut because I am not allowed to work with her. (And even if I wanted to pick up a night shift I couldn't because she works them!!!) I feel under appreciated because I honestly never have half-arsed anything there. I always do my best and work hard. I feel like this is really long. So thank you for reading. I need advice on this situation! Can my boss legally not allow me to work with her? Can he legally cut my hours like he did? How can I attempt to get along with this childish coworker? Thanks everyone! -Clementine Link to comment
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