My boss of approximately 60 days on sales floor in 3 weeks time had me sign 2 papers saying I would bring my sales quota up to (his) quota of 25k. I was new, ect, and was improving weekly, however of course before I signed the paper that all other 23 employees signed(they said this was normal, don’t worry if I don’t make quota, they all had to sign for years and were just made to turn over sales to managers until their quotas came up) anyway, when I signed the last paper February 10th to bring up sales to 25,000 in 2 weeks(I was at 8,000 in 4 days, pretty good not as bad as some other newbies), I looked manager in the eye and nervously asked,’will I be fired if I don’t make this quota?’ He squeezed my thigh rather high, and said’sweetie, that’s why you better get on it’ and asked my co-worker, ‘why is she so paranoid about being fired?’ Fast forward to February 15th, I was in the middle of a 2500.00 sale with a young couple, he came and sat down next to me, and said, ‘honey remember what we spoke about last week?’ I said, ‘yes, sir’, he said well, ‘please sign this I am terminating you for the reason of ‘not making your sales quota’, ‘go right now and clock out and go home, you’re suspended until maybe this Friday, and hand me your sale I’ll take it from here.’ I said ‘yes, sir’, with my head held high, I walked to the break room told everyone I had been fired and came home and filled out a form for TWC. Claim submitted 02-16-09, Conn’s appliances has NOT answered TWC’s questions and my rep from TWC called me this morning; he wants me to interview with him on the phone at 3:00 p.m. What do you think my chances are of winning my benefits? I was told many things before going through the training downtown for 2 weeks. My whole family helped with transportation, we are on food stamps, son works at restaurant, mom disabled and stepdad, I help take care of them. I gave up school to get better skills for better job. I’m 50 yrs old but still in good shape. I’m so despondant at this point; I know I’m rambling, but I also wonder, why do I have to interview with TWC if ****** didn’t even bother to fight this claim? That manager humiliated me in front of other employees and customers by screaming at me and cursing because I put a sales sticker in the wrong place. I just happened to read this morning looking over ****** paperwork when they hired me last October 2009 that my health and dental benefits would have started 3 days ago……….
Thanks for listening, jobless, and hopeless in Texas Tamara
Answer For: Fired for not making sales quota
Please indulge me while I get something off my chest. I do understand why a women might .. maybe .. allow a manager to squeeze their upper thigh while he says “that’s why you better get on it'” , but had you taken the appropriate measures of making an issue out of that per the employer grievance procedure .. or even filing a complaint with the state of TX .. you would probably still have a job .. and if the employer had a brain in their head .. that manager would be gone. Did you know that?
Now, as for why the TWC is going to call you .. it’s standard operating procedure. I know that Texas allows you some space to explain why you think you were fired .. so I’m assuming you have raised some questions for them that need to be resolved before making the determination.
They probably want to know if the employer warned you first before firing you. The fact that you were in training is good for you. They want to know if the employer had a “rule” that you were aware of regarding sales quotas and if you were made aware that if you failed to bring your quota up .. you would be fired.
It sounds like the only warning you received was an extremely sexually explicit warning that was not clear about what quota the manager was expecting of you.