There are good reasons to get myself fired and go on unemployment—-namely, ethics and health insurance.
Back when our little recession was in full swing, I was let go from an interior construction job. That job paid really good and had reasonably-priced health insurance offered. I miss that job!
After getting fired, my wife, daughters, and I started getting unemployment and went on state-aid health insurance. Neither was as good as what I had with that job, but we could get by just fine.
I did finally get a job and it’s where I’m still working today. It pays half as much as that interior construction job and they offered no health insurance. But, it was a little more money than what we got on unemployment and since the new company didn’t offer health insurance, we could still be on state aid.
The Health Insurance Problem
Everything was fine until recently my job decided to offer us health insurance. After taxes I make about $2000 a month and the health insurance they have offered costs about $1200/month….with a $5000 deductible. Pretty stupid, right? But since they’re offering insurance, in a couple weeks my wife and I lose our state aid. Our daughters stay on state aid because they’re minors, but my wife and I will have no insurance anymore because we can’t afford the crazy option my company has offered.
The Ethics Problem
The other half of the story is that my boss and the company I work for has been asking me more and more to lie to clients. When I call them on it, they sort of get wishy washy and ignore that I’ve questioned them, and repeat that I need to deceive these clients.
The kind of fibs they’re asking me to do are like this: Someone in my company went to this house recently and did a bad job tuckpointing. The house had a leaking problem due to this shoddy job. I didn’t know that we had been the ones who did the work and so while working on fixing the leak, I told the homeowner that the entire place needed new tuckpointing. My boss was really angry that I’d done that because it “implied we didn’t do exemplary service” or whatever.
I don’t like lying to homeowners especially because it’s their home, man! People don’t trust fix-it guys and my company is why! They want me to lie about needing certain things done, they sometimes want me to cut corners (which leads to bad things down the road for the homeowner!). I just can’t be deceiving tenants and homeowners like that, it’s where they live and sleep! I always want to do the best job I can in the most complete and fair way possible, but my boss(es) are asking me not to (now more than ever).
Whatever happened to treating others how you want to be treated?
And so I’ve been tossing around the idea of getting myself fired. Then I’m not being pushed into lying to people about their homes and then I can get state aid insurance again (and unemployment and food stamps). Unemployment will pay us less than my now $2K/month salary, but we’ll still get by just fine. We have no credit card debt, no car loans, no student loans, and just a mortgage that will be paid off in 7 years. They don’t let you stay on unemployment forever, but by the time they pull it from us, I could be back to work. Well, maybe not. Probably should line something else up before getting fired.
The ethics and health insurance issues with this company are killing me!
What do you think? Am I crazy for thinking about getting fired?
I’d seen the logos on people’s sites and when I finally figured out what it was, my holdup to joining was that I couldn’t figure out how to get the freaking logo on my sidebar! (pitfalls of being a new blogger I guess — Andrea at Curiosity Killed the Blog might be coming up with a post to answer that question if anyone else doesn’t know!)
My alexa score was 2.2 million when I started, is 719K now, and hopefully in 6 months I’ll finish the challenge at under 200K!