Boardroom, 9am, yesterday morning. The Showdown.
Five minutes later, I’m in the car on the way home, blasting out music, giggling away to myself like a maniac. I am free.
To recap, on Monday I was dismissed from my job of two years on ‘health grounds’. It’s for my own good, of course. I was given no chance to bring a representative with me, which I believe is illegal and I mentioned that point several times during the meeting. They were prepared, I was taken completely unawares. I asked for two months and they said they would get back to me in the morning.
Tuesday morning. They agree to my ‘demands’ on the understanding that I will work from home. I am to go back in on Thursday morning to collect my belongings, pick up a memory stick full of the documents I need, give them a chance to gawp at the ‘sacked’ girl then leave behind that sad, sorry part of my life forever.
How do I feel? Shocked, confused, delirious with freedom from bullying. It’s a truly disgusting scenario and I still find it hard to digest. Can this really happen in 2012? I am confused as I suddenly have so many options. My world has opened up in a delicious way. I will no longer have to face day after day of endless criticism and exclusion. I no longer have to creep around, ‘apologising’ for my very existence and a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
Will I take it further? I am speaking to an MS lawyer on Monday. I am going to keep all possible avenues open. But for now, I have 9 weeks of guaranteed income. I will be my own boss.
This will be a fresh start.