I was fired from Defender Security during my first 90 days of work for no good reason on 11/10/2008, and now they are holding me accountable for a $900 flight to their facility back in October in an effort to not pay me for over $1400.00 worth of work.
They claim I authorized this flight through their travel agent but I didn't have that authority, or any knowledge of the charge (to their CFO's credit card).
Now, they are trying to take that money out of my wages for the last two months, after keeping my status as Inactive (with full knowledge that I was still performing installations for them) as well as denying me a $250 gas card that was promised at the completion of their training. All of this without EVER even asking me my side of the story.
I asked why they were firing me and they said that it was because of the appearance of my car, and when I protested this reason and provided them an alternaltive they were left only with the reason that it was within the first 90 days of my employment and the had the right to terminate my employment for ANY reason...
Trying to cut my losses I asked them about the gas card and I was told that with the cost of the flight, that I should "just consider it a wrap." (which to me indicated that they were going to pay me the whole sum of over $1400.00 that I had accrued during the last two months I had worked for NO pay). I picked up my tools and tried to leave the office in a dignified manner.
Later that day, as an afterthought... I called the Manager who had let me go (Mike Stephanson) and asked when I could expect to get paid for the work I had already done and he told me that Human Relations was going to get back in touch with me ... but they were going to deduct the $900.00 from my pay... for a charge that their travel agent authorized... but never mentioned.
I know that I can't authorize any charge on someone else's credit card... (if I could, dont you think I would have been sitting in first class with a bottle of Dom Perignon?)
Clearly this is a case where the travel agent has taken advantage of the situation and now, The Management at Defender Direct is conspiring to embezzle me out of my hard earned money by trying to convince me that I am somehow culpable for their relationship with their travel agent. Is everyone taking CRAZY PILLS?
This isnt right. I should be paid for the work I have done. They don't have any grounds to terminate me other than the appearance of my car? What kind of weak crap is that? I wasn't even told about the cost of the flight until after they had trained me for a week in Indiana, and sent me back home.
When my branch manager asked the Trainer (Ray the Beever) for any input, Ray opined that I was expendable because I had worn jeans (false) and he didn't like my yo-yoing during breaks. I was then removed from their database of active employees with no notice. They didnt even have the balls to tell me that they were screwing me on the basis of lies and slanderous dishevelment. Hopefully Im not being bitter when I say that these people are assholes. (Two ex-wives cant be both be wrong huh, Ray?)
So I sit here on the 11th day of November, trying to figure out how Im going to pay rent which is already 6 days late... and the only thing I can think to do is to file a claim in small claims court, which may or may not have a return... in a few months.
So much for upholding your christian values!? These people are charlatains of the worst kind. I am glad to not be employed by them however...after just discovering that they contributed $5000 to the McCain / Palin Election Fund, with my money, apparently.
IMPORTANT: If you have done any business with this company in the last few months... I strongly urge you to contact them and request that they Physically Demonstrate that the General Electric ADT Alarm System that they installed in your residence or place of business has LINE SEIZURE...( allowing your alarm to disconnect any call on the phone line....in order to send an alarm signal to the ADT Monitoring Station). Many, if not most, of the jobs I witnessed being installed did NOT achieve line seizure (so that if you are on the phone when a burgler trips the alarm.... your system will not be able to send the signal to ADT until you get off the phone - and it might be too late)