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Just two weeks ago, Talia Jane (not her full name) a Yelp/Eat 24 employee was fired for posting a “An Open Letter to My CEO” on Medium, complaining about the company’s low wages.
The post got viral and stirred up argument on whether such employees are really being exploited or was the case one of an ignorant and spoiled young girl making pointless complaints about life.
Now, another former sales employee has taken to Medium to take a shot at Yelp for being a killer employer.
In a post entitled “Yelp Fired a Single Mother Today: Me“, Jaymee Senigaglia accuses the company of firing her because she wouldn’t leave her injured boyfriend’s side to come to work.
Her boyfriend, however, happened to be in the intensive care unit with a brain injury he suffered in a horrible mountain biking accident according to Senigaglia.
Yelp posted an official response on Twitter on the case: “Yelp employs thousands of people and provides new job opportunities to hundreds each year. We provide extensive training and significant benefits to our employees, as well as guidance for those with performance issues.”
“Unfortunately, we had to part ways with Ms. Senigaglia due to repeated absences (10 of her 59 workdays with Yelp) despite many exceptions to accommodate her needs. We provided multiple, documented warnings and ongoing performance counseling specifically related to reliability and attendance issues. Sadly, this role was not a good fit. We wish her the best.”
Yelp said it made many exceptions to its attendance policy to help Senigaglia. “We also provided a cumulative ten paid days off to cover those needs, despite her status as a new employee who had not yet accrued PTO (paid time off) time,” a company spokesperson said in an email to CNNMoney.
Senigaglia disagrees that she missed 10 days and said she was never given any warnings over taking too many days. She’s asked the company to share her records detailing her time off.
“There is a real issue with the way parents are being handled in the corporate workforce,” she told CNNMoney. “Considering I closed $41,000 in revenue when I was only required to bring in $8,000 … my termination is very short sighted.”
Regarding Yelp’s response to Senigaglia on social media Inc. writer Tess Townsend reported, lawyers have raised questions about “whether Yelp violated Senigaglia’s right to privacy or gave her grounds to accuse the company of defamation.” Not to mention the public disclosure of personnel information.
Like Jane who said she cannot to buy groceries and turn on the heater with her US$733 bi-weekly pay, Senigaglia also took shots at the low salary Yelp paid her. She wrote she made $2,000 a month and has to rely on her family to cover her $2,500 rent and $1,200 monthly daycare costs.
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