I spent over 8 hours in the emergency room yesterday.
No. Not because of me. Because of Brett, and that fuckin’ shitty place he currently works for, Dish Network.
Monday, Brett called me from Dish. He was sick to the point of throwing up every 20-30 minutes; he’d been fine when he’d gone in, and within an hour of being in the building, he’d developed a major headache, nausea, and vomiting. I will note here that their center is doing major renovation work, re-carpeting, construction, etc.
AND DISH WOULD NOT LET HIM LEAVE…and Brett is so easy-going & mild-mannered, that he didn’t tell them to simply FUCK OFF and walk.
Imagine that — the fumes in a building making you that fuckin’ sick, and your employer saying “Tough, you gotta work.” I will note further that, per Brett, other employees were also getting sick, but were accounting it to “the flu”.
Somehow, Brett finangled the next day off. After several hours of being home, he was more or less fine.
Tuesday, Wed, Thurs, he was fine.
Friday, he goes back to work. And around 2:15, I got a Yahoo IM from him; he’d gotten majorly ill AGAIN within 30 minutes of walking in the front door at his center. And this time, when Dish told him to tough it out, he’d told the supervisor “forget it”, and went home, earning a “verbal warning” for having to call off.
I told him to haul his ass to the emergency room. And MY workplace, being humane & recognizing that their employees are human, let me go so I could join him there (and my manager also gave me a heads-up on action to take; more on that below).
Unfortunately, Friday afternoon/Evening + Columbus’s West Side = Long Frakkin’ Wait With Lots of Interesting West-Side Personalities In The Same Room.
I made to Doctor’s West about 3:15, Brett had been there since 2:30. We finally got in to see a doctor about 8:30 (and were out by 10:30).
TWO doctors, one after the other, both of whom listened to the symptoms, to Brett’s explanation of the construction & what happened, and they BOTH said, “Carbon monoxide.”
Then they apologized up and down for the long wait, because due to that wait, any test for CO would be useless; it leaves the body fairly steadily. After 6 hours, it’d be gone.
However, we now have doctor’s orders for Brett to stay home, AND a Worker’s Comp paperwork showing what happened, AND a doctor’s strong “recommendation” that Dish test for CO…
…and damn straight I called OSHA, thanks to MY manager’s tip.
Ohio might be an at-will state for employment, but that does NOT give Dish the right to ignore federal regulations or worker safety.
And by the way, Dish Network has over 700 consumer complaints of fraud on the Ripoff Report. And over 3000 complaints to the Better Business Bureau.
If you’re getting your TV through them, look at what you’re supporting.
The way a company treats its employees is the way that the employees will treat customers. It’s an abuse-cycle, just as child-abuse, just as domestic violence.