Don’t trust your employer. I don’t care where you work, just don’t do it. This is the second job I’ve had where I’ve had my boss make promises he wasn’t willing to fulfill.

The job before this one promised me four weeks off each year. I was a full-time employee at a pizza place. I made pizzas and took orders. I need four weeks off because I have family on the other side of the country, and I have to have time to visit them. So, last year, I tried to take time off, and I was denied, multiple times. At the same time, I saw my boss grant other people time off, sometimes even for up to a month all at once. I asked about this, and the boss said it just wasn’t a good time, that I was too valuable to the company. All of that stuff. I said, if I’m valuable, you should let me take the time I need so I can work even harder. He laughed at that and said he would find a good time “soon.” Soon never happened, so I quit.

Now the same thing has happened again. I moved into retail, thinking that since it was a little slower during some parts of the year, it’d be easier to take time off. I worked every holiday for half a year. I worked every big shift during the Christmas rush. I worked on Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Then, this past February, I asked for two weeks to visit family. The same thing happened! My new boss, just like the last one, said I was too valuable, that they couldn’t get by without me. I told him to hire more workers then, but he said he couldn’t afford it. Then, once again, he promised me he’d find time for me to go. I waited for months, and that time never came. I asked, and I asked, and I asked.

Finally, I just went. I put a note on his desk, and I went for two weeks. I didn’t answer my phone, and I didn’t check my email. When I got back, my boss fired me. He shouted at me and said I was irresponsible. When I pointed out he had promised me time off, he gave me some stupid excuse that it was coming and there was paperwork or something. He said he was going to hire more people anyway, and now he’d just fill my position.

I felt awful, of course, but more than anything, I feel angry. I’m searching around for a lawyer to see if I can sue him and my last employer. Hopefully, I can run them both out of business. If nothing else, I hope I can get enough out of them to cover a bit of vacation time so I can go back out and relax with my family.

So, to all you people out there, I’ll keep you updated, but in the meantime, don’t trust your employer. No matter how nice they seem. They’re just going to try to work you to death. Don’t let them do it!