The reason why there wasn’t a small blurb on the recent column is because a lot has happened in the past week in regards to my Johns Hopkins University situation (You can follow the whole thing through the “Attack of Blue Jays” category/tag. Here is the first post). Man, Hopkins is really making sure I have a miserable life, all for nothing. Here are the major updates and then we’ll open this up for another – you guessed it – donation run…but now with various methods to donate!
Office of Intuitional Equity (OIE, Hopkins’ dept.) – Since I have been talking to EEOC and Internal Affairs, I noticed I haven’t heard a peep from OIE since late-mid January. January 20th, if I am correct. It’s April. I contacted them and guess what? They had ended investigation (they didn’t want to really tell me when the concluding date was) and wanted me to wait for the letter. I pushed to hear something faster because, frankly, it is bs that I had to contact them to hear anything back while EEOC and IA are trying their best to keep me in the loop. So I gotten a digital copy of the letter that basically said…
Hopkins has been cleared of all discrimination, so sayeth their own internal investigation. The letter also neglected to mention about how I was accused of stealing (it seems Hopkins’ dropped all stealing accusations, must be that “lack of proof” issue they have), and there’s nary a peep about the raid. Nothing. Nada. Basically, the letter (that is currently sitting with the EEOC and my lawyer so I can’t publish it because legal/evidence stuff) just tried to present me as the worst librarian ever…again, with lack o’proof.
Instead of accusing me of being a thief, they try to say my racism accusations are baseless and that it’s really a case of sour grapes. Instead of saying my supervisor and head of libraries’ HR explicitly told me at the dismissal meeting that their fear of my disorder is what is got me fired, OIE is stating that actually accommodations were made…somehow without the OIE Accommodations paperwork, doctor’s note and telling me. Which isn’t how accommodations for disabilities work. Yes, OIE did have me fill out Accommodations paperwork – all dated on Dec. 15 or afterwards. December 15th is when I was fired, you can’t make this paperwork retroactive.
Once I got this emailed letter, I contacted EEOC.
EEOC – Just today (April 4th), I signed and had date stamped the amended charge for the EEOC. You see, after I got this letter and read the chicanery that it was, I contacted EEOC on Thursday (March 31st), sent them a copy of this letter and asked to have my initial charge amended to include the raid that happened Feb 3rd as “retaliation”. Initially, when the raid occurred, EEOC was hesitant at first because this didn’t fall into the usual definition of retaliation (basically, “Employee complains to EEOC/OIE/Etc, all of a sudden employee is demoted/fired/harassed or just overall has a drastically crappier job experience.” Not “employee gets fired illegally, complains about it, gets raided by cops”). I showed them the OIE letter, noted the stark lack o’ words “stealing” and “raid” and it pretty much told them that since my charge is already is going to mediation, might as well slap the raid in the charge as “retaliation” because, honestly, it really couldn’t be anything else.
Despite the OIE letter (and partially due to it), EEOC still has their own bevy of questions to ask Hopkins. And the OIE letter didn’t really help abate the EEOC. Just stoked more questions.
Internal Affairs – I’m still waiting for the transcription to return from the statement I made about the raid back in February.
Where I Am Now In All of This
Now, we got all that out the way. Where does this leave me? More broke than prior!
How so? Well, remember when I remarked during one of the donation posts that I found another job and should be okay? Yeaaaaaah, thanks to the raid, that pretty much got obliterated.
This is because the new job that I was talking about (which paid even more than my Hopkins’ job) started Feb 1. The raid was Feb. 3. I discovered my apartment was trashed at 6 AM on Feb 4th because I had spent the night at a friend’s house after going to see a movie and the roads were too foggy/misty to drive on. I literally had no clue what was going on at home, that my apartment was getting shredded, thanks to Hopkins. It was during Feb 4th that I would basically have to call out (instead of march into to work at 8:30 AM like nothing happened) and deal with everything that I’m currently dealing with now.
When you’re starting a new job, it is ideal to be focused, on time and diligent. Or you get the ax. Thanks to the startling trauma of discovering my apartment has been trashed, finding out a Baltimore City Police investigator is trying to pin me with felony charges for books I never took using fabricated claims of evidence, the fact that it is because of Johns Hopkins University that I have had my apartment raided and I’m being treated so poorly…yeaaaaaaah, there’s no way I could have kept a new job through that. Oh, and I couldn’t really explain what was going on to the new employers because I’m sure it sounded like I was ripping off a really bad movie plot in attempt to avoid work. Even with just saying “My home was burglarized” (which is what I initially thought), it didn’t add up that an investigator needed to talk to me…immediately. Or that I needed a lawyer. Or anything that kinda doesn’t sound right.
So, I got the send off shortly after. I’m sure Hopkins would love to use this as an example of “See? We told you she’s a bad worker that can’t keep a job” but here’s the thing: Hopkins is the primary reason why I lost this job. If they didn’t raid me, I would have been very likely to keep this new job. It doesn’t say anything about me as a worker because this is something that happened to me, not something I did to myself.
I mean, if Hopkins is so innocent and right, like the OIE letter pretty much claimed, why are they using such harassing tactics that practically makes it seems they’re out to get me? Even the EEOC feels that the raid is very excessive.
And it gets worse from here: At the end of this month (April), my 6 month apartment lease is up. I’ve scrounged for rent prior but here I am again asking for donations. And it turns out the car payment didn’t go through like I thought so I’m asking for help with rent and car, yet again. Especially to prevent the car from being taken because, that’s the only way I can maneuver around this city and state, for my mental health and for job acquisition. I’ve just gotten a letter today from the car people that basically states that I didn’t pay (funny they wait so long to tell me this) and that I have pretty much until the end of the week to fork over the funds before my car is gone.
Here are the numbers:
Rent: $1,284.00 (partial March rent and April rent)
Car payment: $324
Here are the ways to donate:
New YouCaring! So not to confuse anyone with the original YouCaring I had prior.
Also, people said they wanted to donate but didn’t want to do so via YouCaring and asked about Paypal. Here are your two ways to donate via Paypal:
Directly: Send donations to firstname.lastname@example.org
Using the Paypal donation link: Click me! (this allows you to donate once or continually (like a subscription))
As per usual, I’ll be keeping everyone updated the best I can about what is going on. I just wish this situation wasn’t as bad as it is currently becoming.