Minor ramblings against HR

If you’ve read my previous posts you probably already know some of the reasons. If you think that HR is your friend, then my friend this post is for you. Take notes. Also you could call some of this legal advice but since I’m not a practicing lawyer, take it lightly but not too lightly.

  1. HR works for the company (machine). The goal of the company is to make money so HR is there to look out for potentially big problem scenarios and report these back to the company. You’re nothing but a piece of data for decision making.
  2. If you have meetings with HR personnel they will try to make you comfortable, and use a soft voice to subtlety convince you they are your friends and you can confide in them. DON’T DO THIS. The notes they are taking will be used against you in court or otherwise. If you do talk to them stick only to the facts such as (1) I’m a female, (2) I work in a group that consists of only guys, and (3) I’m being treated differently compared to the rest.
  3. HR as a result of #1, will lie, cheat, and steal. Do you really expect an HR person to sacrifice their job on behalf on an employee? Ask yourself, does the employee pay the HR person’s salary? Of course not.
  4. The mere fact that HR is getting involved with you or with anyone else can potentially lead to high dollar lawsuits/problems. If you think that your company will play by the rules then wake up. I suggest a movie titled “Puncture” if you’re still unsure about lengths companies will go to.
  5. Since HR works for the company (machine) whose goal is to make money, do you think for one second that the HR person is going to be a friend/advocate for the employee and open the door for every employee who has a valid complaint to take huge swings at the company for millions of dollars?
  6. Record all phone calls and meetings with HR. Check your state law. Some states require that a party consents to being recorded. Hint – you can consent to yourself recording the calls/meetings.
  7. Write down dates, times, names, locations and anything else for all meetings you have with HR. If things get serious then HR and your company will try and claim these meetings never happened.
  8. You may have a friend in HR or say this HR person really likes you and is on your side. Chances are this is not true. If it is then this is the exception not the rule.
  9. There is a revolving door with HR personnel. I wander why? Is it really the case that they suck at their job? In fact, what would sucking at HR look like? Not lying enough? Not making enough excuses to the employees who have claims? Possibly and probably. And probably also getting the HR people out the door so their records go missing, facts get changed, and people disappear. Which further serves as a redundancy to keep big dollar claims from moving forward against the company.
  10. If you’re talking with HR and EEOC wake up! It’s not the time to have your head in the clouds or facts straight. If you’re going to come at these people you need to be over prepared and know the game and how it’s played in advance. HR doesn’t want you to bring valid claims against the company, that’s their job – to prevent this. They will tell you that your claim is not valid, etc….Are they lawyers? No, far from it. But they do play games, so do yourself a favor and play a smarter game. Just be prepared to take it to the limit.

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