I need some advice, please, on how to proceed with an ongoing issue in my workplace
I've been working at my job for six years. I applied to work there so I could work my way up to management.
It's six years later, and I'm still a crew member with no prospect for progress, despite asking time and time again to be moved around, so I can get more experience and get promoted. Within that time, multiple new employees have started there and been promoted within a year - new employees are constantly being prioritised over me. I've confronted them on numerous occasions, telling them I want to be moved around. They make a bunch of empty promises, then nothing happens. When I go to them again about the issue, they tell me I should ask them like everyone else asks to be moved, and they'll do it - I have been asking. I'm going over the same argument with them over and over again.
I was criticised in one PR for not finding jobs to do, even though I never stand still - I'm always looking for work.
In my next PR, I was criticized for not doing detail cleaning - I do that on every shift.
I've been criticized for not asking if there is any work that needs doing - I do that every shift.
I've now got to the point where I want to cry every time I go to work because they're doing everything to make my life difficult.
Earlier this year, they accused me of writing nasty things online about my company, which I didn't do - I was talking about an issue in my life outside of my job - there was no mention of the company anywhere. They told me I was in the wrong because people may interpret it as being about their company because I work there. I managed to get them to reduce it down to being more careful about what I write online, but only because they were in trouble for sharing private details about me with a third party without my permission. As a result of this incident, I was told to unfriend everyone from my workplace so they can't see what I write. I did so and told everyone a fake reason for unfriending them to protect the company from people finding out that I was dictated to as to who I can be friends with online. Doing so has left me feeling isolated from the people I used to talk to online.
A few weeks ago, two mangers laughed at me, like I was an idiot, for asking a simple question. That left me feeling miserable and unmotivated - I want to cry all the time. Because I've been depressed at work, they've complained I'm being rude and implied I won't have a job there anymore because I'm feeling depressed most shifts. I'm miserable because of how they treat me. I’m unmotivated because of how they treat me.
Six years in a job with little to no progress, because they keep creating barriers for me, is starting to feel like discrimination. It feels like they're not offering me the same opportunities as everyone else because I have to limit my availability to work due to my epilepsy. I have told them the reason I limit my availability and their reaction was it's a personal life choice. Every time I tell them I have epilepsy, they act as though I've never told them.
I'm mentally and physically exhausted from fighting the same battle with them and getting the same result every time - no help to progress my career.
They've regularly take rumours about me as fact. The other day, I was told by a manager that I'm angry at another manager for stealing
credit for a job I did... I don't know anything about this, but I still got the backlash of this event I know nothing about.
All these issues started when a new company took over my branch and a new manager and business manager started there. I've complained to the business manager about the manager and I was told I'm only complaining because I hate this manager - I was complaining because he made me go on a break at a time when I couldn't eat due to a medication I was on - I explained about the medicine. He still made me go on my break, so I went without food for my whole 9-hour shift.
I feel backed into a corner where my only option is to leave, but I can't afford to quit my job.
The grievance procedure always leads to the business manager, who has caused issues for me in the past. Specifically, the day I called into work to let them know I had a bad leg due to an injury I got at work - I fell over some boxes that were left in the middle of the floor. I was told by a manager that I could come into work and they'd let me have a chair to rest my leg if necessary. Shortly after I arrived at work, the two managers in question told me off for not calling in sick, despite another manger confirming I did call in, and they sent me home on the grounds that they heard a rumour that I couldn't stand on my leg at all - this incident was around April 2019.
Is there anything I can do about this situation?