I emailed CalOSHA about filing a workplace safety complaint. There’s no proper ventilation in the shop, so I rarely can breathe without a respirator. And during heat waves like this it’s unbearable. Yesterday CalOSHA called and talked to my boss. My boss wasn’t happy.

I decided to file a complaint because I found out the office in the shop should have AC, but it’s broken. I guess since my boss doesn’t mind it being 100 degrees in the shop that it doesn’t need to be fixed. WRONG!

I’m also pissed that my boss will constantly turn off fans, even when it’s hot, or a dirty car is in the shop polluting the shop air making it impossible to breathe because there isn’t proper ventilation.

So they called and talked to him yesterday, and he asked who did that, I admitted I did. He was PISSED! He starts yelling at me, and then calls me a “fucking weeny,” at which point I walk away. But he keeps yelling at me and I said, “No! I will NOT let you talk to me like that.” I’m fucking done with that. He can treat me like an adult, or he can fuck right off.

So he continues to yell at me, basically saying everything is fine, and he said if I don’t like it, I can quit. I just said, “Okay.” To which he responded with, “Well, what are you gonna do?” And with a straight face I said, “Go back to work.”

I called his bluff. Yes, he can still fire me, but I think he realizes he can’t without incurring serious liability. So I’ll just do what I was doing before that: look for a job.

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And as I’ve had more time to think about it, I’m more irritated because I remembered, whenever it’s “cold,” aka below 70 degrees, he always turns on the space heater in the office. And I finally said something to him about it being too hot in there, and considering I take my lunch in there, it’s kind of shitty. He just shrugged and walked away. That was probably five months ago. But I’ll tell CalOSHA about that, if they decide to come out. And if he continues to confront me about the complaint, I’ll ask him why it’s okay to heat the office when it’s hot, but not cool it down when it’s hot as balls.

As toxic as this place is, and as much of a dick as he is, I’m trying to stay as positive as possible. I’ve just kind of laughed about this. If he fires me, I collect unemployment and file a lawsuit. If he doesn’t fire me then I continue to get paid to sit on my ass a majority of the time (we’ve been super slow), but do my job to the best of my ability. And I’m staying positive because earlier in the day the BAR called me to come in for an interview for the investigator position, so I’m stoked. And my asshole boss isn’t going to bring me down. I’m done letting people pull me down.

Edited to add a picture of my kitty, who makes me happy, and to just include a little more positivity in these terrible times.

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