Thursday, September 01, 2005

What The Hell Is Fair?

This is an I-9 Form… it is what employers are forced to use to verify employment eligibility of employees (three derivatives of “employ” in one sentence.) It is also the source of great pain and anger today.

All U.S. employers are responsible for completion and retention of the I-9 form for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens. On the form, the employer must verify the employment eligibility and identity documents presented by the employee and record the document information on the Form I-9. Acceptable documents are listed on the back of the form, and detailed below under "Special Instructions."

One of my associates is a legal immigrant from Mexico. She had applied for permanent residency, and had it granted by the U.S. She has a receipt showing that the U.S. had approved her application for permanent residency. She will be receiving her official papers later this month (I think on the 26th.)

Everything looks great, right? WRONG! The paperwork she currently has is not approved by the Dept of Labor for use on the I-9 (according to the “Special Instructions” of acceptable documents). Only the official documents will suffice! My Human Resources department forced me to terminate her employment effective immediately until she can provide proper documentation.

What the fuck!!! She’s already been approved for residency! She’s simply just waiting for all the bureaucratic mess that is our great government to print the paper out and send it to her.

I’m SO pissed off at my company right now. She was one of my best employees (ever!) She did everything she could on her part to make sure everything was right for her residency, and she still got screwed!

All I can do is hold her position open for her and wait for her to receive her official documents. In the meantime, how the hell is she supposed to pay for her rent, food, school, gas (which is just fucking ridiculously high for no reason at all!) It makes me absolutely sick. I feel so helpless... so powerless. This is driving me crazy... there has to be something I can do for her!


Anonymous said...

I can call someone to see if i can get her some "offical documents"

Elemmaciltur said...

What an offer *points above this comment*

Yeah, I know what it feels like with bureaucracy....don't forget that I'm living in Germany, the birthland of bureaucracy (or -crazy?). You can say thank you very much to Mr. Max Weber for that.

lgl said...

i think i hate the world.