I designed, developed, and implemented the best business system this company had in its fifty-year history, which greatly contributed to their ability to grow their production capacity. I had exceptional performance reviews every year. When I expressed the desire to go part-time at some point in the future, management started hiring interns, gave all my work to them, and let me sit idle. Then they suggested I work offsite at home and then proceeded to ignore me. They did not keep me informed of critical information all employees should know nor did they invite me to company events. They were made aware of a handicap I had doing certain activities yet human resources continued to harass me about participating. The IT manager constantly broke my VPN connection so I could not work and proceeded to act like he was doing everything to fix the problem. When I reported the issue, it would immediately stop for a while and then it would start again a day or so later. This became so common and repetitive; I know it was him doing it. After two years of isolation and misery, I resigned with four weeks’ notice since some of the systems I was responsible for were critical to the company’s operation. I offer to train a backup person for the critical business systems for more than a year but was ignored. While they said they did not want me to leave at the time I gave notice, the continual harassment I experienced while there, made my life miserable. At the end, they wanted me to spend weeks training interns the finer points of maintaining the critical systems I was responsible for. I gave them twenty minutes. I checked back on two different occasions with the IT manager after leaving and was told everything I had developed was working perfectly and he told me how thankful he was for the work I did. That was in February 2020. Checking back just a few weeks ago in April 2020, he told me they were suffering from bad data. I tried to caution them that having me go part-time was in their best interest. Keeping their head in the sand and ignoring the one person that knew their business systems inside and out was a major mistake for them. This company professes to be a Christian company and posts the ten commandments on their website. True Christians would not treat people this way.
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