Dear Evil HR Lady,
Recently I was accused of a crime. I work for a laboratory, and I was accused of a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violation. I was not guilty of violating HIPAA, but no one — not my immediate supervisor, who was not present when the “incident” occurred, not my director, not the supervisor who believes he “caught” me, nor anyone from HR — has ever had a conversation with me about this. No one has even asked me if I did what they think I did, which was supposedly to print out lab results for a co-worker.
My bonus was taken away, allegedly by HR (that’s what I was told), and I was made to sign a document that stated that this was a “final write-up” — I’d never been written up for anything before. When I asked if I could say anything to this kangaroo court, I was told, “No, You are lucky you still have a job. You can go back to work now.”
Does this sound like a “normal” procedure when accusing someone of a crime? A HIPAA violation IS a crime, and punishable as such. (By the way, I did double-check with a lawyer, and no, I did not violate HIPAA. Nor would I.) I lost my bonus, which I had worked for and was depending on, supposedly as part of my “punishment.” When I checked with our IT department head, he said there was “no way to prove or disprove what they had accused me of doing.”
I’m now looking for another job, but I carry a lot of anger and resentment against a company I used to love working for — I’ve been there for six years — but that I now can’t stand. That special feeling of dread hits me every time I think about going to work. My director, supervisor and even the evil supervisor who thinks he “caught” me all act as if nothing happened.