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Advice in work

bazaar1 Community member Posts: 9 Listener
edited May 2023 in Work and employment
Hi all

I have been employed for a year (after 10+ years of self employment and losing my business due to the economy) and it’s been tough. It’s a small company (3 of us including the owner) and they’re aware of my autism, anxiety, adhd etc. 

I am constantly being told off for not socialising enough, making myself enough of a team member etc - I am on the outside of the ‘group’ (the owner and another member of staff who have known each other for years) 

I can cope with that although it makes me feel unwelcome. I am good at my job and customers like me. The owner says this constantly.

But lately she’s started to complain that I don’t do ‘extra’ outside of paid hours. Complaints that when I bring up issues (like work not being done) I’m picking on the other staff member.  She knows I need routine and direct communication but then complains when I ask for it. 

I said today that notes hadn’t been done and I need them for the day, and she kicked off saying I was being difficult for bringing it up, confrontational etc. it then led into an argument and she told me she had to cut my hours because the business isn’t doing well.

she’s not cut the other member of staffs hours, just me. 

Is there a helpline or advice I can take? 

She actively admits I’m excellent at my job and she knows a lot of customers would leave if I did (they came with me) but clearly doesn’t like ‘me’ 

I know I’m difficult to manage and extremely sensitive, and very direct. But I don’t ever bring up things that don’t need to be addressed.


  • Cher_Alumni
    Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,740 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @bazaar1

    Apologies for the delay in responding to you, have things improved any since you posted? I hope so. What a difficult situation, I'm sorry you're going through this. It sounds like you are extremely proficient at your job and liked by customers, which speaks volumes.

    If you feel that your hours have been cut due to disability discrimination, then I'd recommend contacting the Equality Advisory and Support Service who specialise in this area. They have various contact methods, including a live chat and they will be best placed to give you qualified advice.

    Please keep us posted with how you get on, and we wish you all the best for a positive resolution. 
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