Autumn Weese thinks she was fired last month, but she isn't entirely sure.
Weese told her boss at an Arkansas coffee shop she needed to cut back her
hours as she pursued her master's degree. "The last email I got from her said
that she ... 'totally understood the situation,' " Weese says. But then
colleagues started telling her how sorry they were to hear she was leaving in
two weeks. That was when Weese started suspecting she had been fired.
"Everybody knew that I was done with the company, before I did, which was
upsetting," she says. "And also, they were all told that I quit by choice,
not that I was fired, and so that was kind of awkward as well." Weese emailed
the owners and her boss, but no one responded. So for weeks, she continued
checking through a scheduling app on her phone to see whether she was put
back on a shift, thinking at first that it might just be a mistake, instead
of a big insult. "I just want someone to ... look me in the eye and tell me
that I'm done," Weese