Well, so much for thinking 2008 was going to be a better year..sure it's early, but at only 3 days in, things have not started off well...
~I had a phone interview today. It was going really well and we were about to line up an in-person interview. I decided that I would share that I am PG because there's no hiding it @ this point and why waste my time/energy driving there if they aren't going to consider me in the end anyway. I told the gal I would be ready for work in early-March since I'm due Feb 5th. She then says that they are hoping to have the position filled by mid-February and basically says they won't be interviewing me since I'm not available 'til early-March.
~To me - this is STILL discrimination. I wasn't even given the chance to interview BECAUSE I'M PREGNANT. I could be their 'ideal' candidate for the position and maybe worth waiting an extra 2 weeks for, but we'll never know now. Also, having worked in recruiting for a million years now, I know that positions often don't get filled as quickly as companies want them to, so it's highly unlikely they'll have the job filled by mid-February. I did ask her to keep me in mind if that happens, but I'm still pissed off. I'm fighting off the urge to shoot off a nasty email to the lady.
~Now let's move onto the current job...I thought I had 7 hrs of OT on my last pay period, well, it turns out that I only had 1 hr of OT. Their timesheets are very unclear and confusing to fill out and it gave the impression that anything over 8 hrs/day was OT as opposed to anything over 40 hrs/week. So that 16 hr day when I flew home from OH and didn't get home 'til 11:30pm and had to be back at work at 8am the next day...yeah, none of that was compensated at a higher rate...hello folks, I'm not a salaried employee!! What really irks me is that when I interviewed for this position I was asked if I can work more than 8 hrs/day, to which I responded that I can.
~Yesterday a bunch of phone calls went around between the company and the agency that hired me to figure out whether OT is approved or not. My 1st paycheck was short because they paid me all the hours in straight time as opposed to OT. So, today I receive an email from the lady I report to and she says that she has the project budgeted for 40 hrs/wk and if the workload gets crazy and is going to require OT, to advise her ahead of time...in other words, no OT. That is fine too, BUT why did they bother asking me if I could work more than 8 hrs/day then? How freakin' ridiculous is that?
~This has been the most poorly communicated job opportunity EVER...(1) the fact that I'm being paid on a 1099 was not explained 'til after I accepted the offer AND ultimately it is more costly to me and now (2) I was given the impression that I would be able to work OT and now that's not the case. WTF?
~I'm so disenchanted with the whole thing at this point...and sure 'at least I have a job' but that's hardly consolation @ this point.
~So since it's quite likely that I'll not be granted an interview ANYWHERE until after Ethan is born, it's also quite likely that I'll either (1) be forced to return to SBUX to maintain health benefits (while O gets to stay home @ night to care for Ethan) OR (2) pay $250-300/month to get benefits elsewhere. Obviously neither scenario is all that wonderful.
~And as for O getting a 2nd job...we've discussed it and honestly it would be quite challenging as he often works late during the week in his current job as well as on Saturdays, so his availability wouldn't be too great for a 2nd job and pay-wise, he's better off sticking w/his day job and trying to get extra hours (OT).
~Sucks to be me...at least that's how I see it right now.