Gymboree Complaint - Bullied Into Quitting!!!
CINCINNATI, OHIO -- I have worked in children's clothing for over 5 years now. I started out at The Children's Place and loved it. The company is great, and the morale and genuine concern for everyone is real. Well I recently relocated to a new state and was hired in as a part time manager for Gymboree. I was so excited. The store manager who hired me ended up moving shortly after I came in and a new manager was relocated to our store. She was a part time manager just like me, at a nearby store that we consistently got complaints about. (Cleanliness, helpfulness etc.) As soon as the new manager came in, things didn't seem right between us. Shortly after that, I was so excited to find out the my fiancee and myself had finally conceived. I decided to tell my boss first, because I was getting sick a lot and not feeling too well.
I wanted her to know that I wasn't slacking or being lazy. Shortly after I told her this, she brought in our district manager. They took me to the back and basically bullied me into quitting. They told me if I didn't quit they would be forced to write me up for being late. ( I clocked in 3 minutes late that day. I got there and ran to bathroom and threw up. I clocked in as soon as I was done, being three minutes late.) Then they also said they would have to write me up for an earlier incident of missing a managers meeting I wasn't properly informed of. I talked to the new manager the day of the meeting and she failed to mention the meeting at all to me.
Every explanation I gave of my loyalty and service to the brand was not good enough. If I mentioned having excellent customer relationships I was told that was not my job, that was a salespersons job. So I would describe the hard tasking jobs and standards I had for the store and myself while I was there, and was told I needed to be focused on customers. They were looking for a way to get me out of there as soon as I informed them that I was pregnant. Unfortunately I was dumbfounded at the time they were bullying me into resigning, if I hadn't been I would have let them fire me. Then at least I could go to someone higher up who matters and do something about getting fired for being pregnant.
I gave my all to that company and thoroughly enjoyed working there. I will not shop there or recommend anyone give there business to them. I have never been treated and made to feel so inadequate in all my years of working.