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Ok. So I work for this billion dollar corporation at their main call center. I've worked there for almost 4 years. I work 2nd shift. My dad is the 3rd shift supervisor. Now having family work together in the department is nothing unusual, there's like 5 or 6 other parent and child employees groups in the department. Now it's never been a problem when I worked OT or picked up some extra hours going into 3rd shift because my dad is not my direct supervisor. I do this somewhat frequently since I get paid more for working on 3rd shift hours. It's always been fair and I've never felt that I've been given special treatment. Suddenly they've gone and changed the rules so that I can no longer work at the same time as my dad when he is the sole supervisor. Also, I use the bathroom frequently, and they'd been giving me a hassle about it, so I offered to change my hours so that I can get two 10 minute breaks and a 30 minute break instead of the 20 minute break I get now. My request was denied because of this new rule change because I might have to work with my dad as the sole supervisor for half an hour some nights. Also, there is one woman on 1st shift whose mother is a 1st shift team leader, but there are 3 supervisors and 1 other team leader on 1st shift so the chance of her and her mother working together as sole supervisor are slim. She would also be able to work extra hours on either 2nd or 3rd shift. I on the other hand would only be able to pick up extra hours on 1st shift or on 3rd when my dad is not the sole supervisor (there's only 1 supervisor and 1 team leader on 3rd, so being the sole supervisor would happen frequently). As far as I know, nothing is being done about the non-supervisory parent-child teams that work together. I feel that I'm the one most affected by this rule change as I am no longer being given the same opportunities to work extra hours as the rest of my coworkers, and I feel discriminated against.
 

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I think it sucks for you, but that it is a wise and fair policy. I've seen nepotism at work and it isn't fun. It doesn't sound like you take advantage of your dad being your supervisor but many people would, and so I don't blame your employers for being cautious.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Earthling</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2924742"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I think it sucks for you, but that it is a wise and fair policy. I've seen nepotism at work and it isn't fun. It doesn't sound like you take advantage of your dad being your supervisor but many people would, and so I don't blame your employers for being cautious.</div>
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If It'd been the policy from the beginning I wouldn't so much of an issue with it. They're probably going to continue harassing me about going to the bathroom too much (I used to have a coworker who had a dr's note about frequent bathroom use and they still did). I've also had 3rd shift people tell me that they like it when it's me helping out because I actually know what to do.
 

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I think the bathroom thing is stupid. How often are you taking a bathroom break?<br><br>
IMO you're taking the rule change too personally, but it's understandable because it sounds like a bit of a sucky company to work for.
 

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Once an hour at the most, depending on the day and what my "task" is at the time. And they can see if I'm going to the bathroom or just wandering around chatting. I don't know If I'm taking it too personally or not, because It affects me the most.. also I don't think the new manager likes me very much. Earlier this year we were hiring and I tried to get my husband a job on 1st shift, and apparently they'd decided to no longer hire family, and instead of just saying as much, decided to give him the run around and try to make him look bad. And on top of that, she also told me directly that they were "worried about having someone with the same absence problems as you" while knowing full well I had been calling out because I was being harassed by another employee (who was eventually fired). And I know it's not just me that's unhappy with the general direction the department is heading. We have this completely incompetent training supervisor who's classes we have to consistently retrain ourselves because they come out on the floor clueless, and upper management ignores it because she's been with the company for a long time. If the economy didn't suck I'd go look for a new job, and I'm the only one working right now and I need the extra money....
 

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That's only fair. Most large corporations have rules like this to discourage nepotism. It's the same reason I couldn't work under the department my brother managed at my last job.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Earthling</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2924742"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I think it sucks for you, but that it is a wise and fair policy. I've seen nepotism at work and it isn't fun. It doesn't sound like you take advantage of your dad being your supervisor but many people would, and so I don't blame your employers for being cautious.</div>
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I agree. Like Earthling said, it's a bummer for you, but is a logical rule for your employers to have...
 
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