“After a while, all I could do was stare at the wall.”
Riitta, 59, sales clerk
I worked for a kiosk owner who was constantly guilty of all sorts of violations of the collective agreement. I’ve owned a kiosk myself for a long time and I know damn well what is and isn’t allowed. My boss was annoyed that I knew how things should be done and by the fact that I spoke out about every violation. He bullied and belittled me daily in a way that clearly ticked all the boxes for workplace harassment.
When I was on sick leave for a legitimate physical condition, the boss texted me out of nowhere saying that he’s letting me go for financial and production-related reasons. I was confused and asked him to send me the notice of dismissal by mail. I replied saying that he’d either bring it himself or wait for me to visit the kiosk so that he can hand it to me in person. I told him I was on sick leave and didn’t want him in my home.
The text message about the dismissal seemed to have been the last straw as the boss had acted really unpleasantly towards me for a long while. I found myself feeling down because of the texts and after a while, all I could do was stare at the wall. Above all, I’m worried about losing my job since I know that at my age, finding a new job is not exactly a walk in the park. Even normal, everyday routines have become almost overwhelming. Luckily, a friend noticed my depression and encouraged me to go see a doctor.
During the past few months, the doctor has been a big support for me. She’s helped me gather the courage and strength to go to the workplace and face my boss waiting with the notice of dismissal. I’ve never been in a similar situation before, and I’m worried that I’ll do something wrong or sign an agreement that is somehow not in my favour. I feel that my brain isn’t working properly because of the overwhelming feeling of anxiety. That’s why I’m turning to Lakikaveri for help.