This is a longish post but I spent quite some time making it and I would really apretiate if you can read it and provide some input/comments/sugestions. I have a friend in trouble and he *really* needs direction on what to do next.
Here's the situation:
Back In December 2010
My friend had a good paying job at the top of his field which is a very limited field. Positions on that industry are scarce and difficult to get. However, something was going on with the manager. Maybe it was rasism, maybe something else, we don't know. But the manager was setting my friend up for failure by giving him double the proyects as everybody else, canceling his vacations the day before they started, all sort of nasty things.
My friend was convinced (and so was I) that the manager was trying to build up a record in order to fire him. Given that the field is a limited one, he can't afford that risk. So he asked for a transfer to another office, 20 miles away. The transfer got approved but the current manager requested a meeting. To this meeting attended the manager of the new aspiring position, the regional director, the current manager and my friend.
The current manager then said that he was heavily understaffed and that my friend was one of the few that could manage a heavy schedule, therefore he was needed there and he opposed to the transfer. The director, based on this, decided to keep my friend where he was.
Even tho the manager praised my friend to keep him from getting a transfer, he continued writing him up for the silliest reasons like getting late by 2 minutes (regardless of he worked 6 hours overtime the night before). It was clear to my friend that the only way to save his proffesional record was to resign and get another job elsewhere. He already had a job lined up so he put his 2 weeks notice and left.
My friend is feeling great on his new job. This one was an entry level position on a no-name small company with half the pay... but at least he was free of the nasty manager *and* he saved his career (or so he thought).
Two weeks into the new job he gets terminated. The new boss claimed that bussiness was slow and he had to be let go. That explanation sounded fishy but off he went into the job market.
Months have past, my friend was still unemployed. He has go to numerous interviews (common) and even sent to drug testing prior to being hired (uncommon). But there is always a phone call just before the starting date saying that they choose somebody else.
And today he received a call that confirmed what we suspected. Yet another job where he got interviews, got drug testing and even was sent to mandatory company new-hire training (and got paid for those hours)... received a call from new boss saying they were not going to hire him... because (drum roll here)... they talked to his old job and the nasty manager over there gave really bad references about him.
As it is, his career is pretty much over. It's been months on end of unemployment, his savings (even the 401k) are long gone, his car was repossed, he's living with friends... really bad spot overall.
He told me what happened this morning and I feel like it was happening to me. In fact, I had the same thing happening to me like 20 years ago. It was back in Puerto Rico and I sued and won. But I now nothing about the labor laws here in Florida. I know Florida is a pro-employer state where most of the workers rights get ignored. But come on! There got to be something that my friend could do.
Any comments would be really apreciated.