Question 28 Addendum
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This addendum to my application for admission is in response to question 26 which asks "Have you ever been terminated, suspended, disciplined, or permitted to resign in lieu of termination from any job?"
In April 2007 I was fired from my job as an associate at Target Copy in Gainesville, Florida. The circumstances surrounding this event are as follows:
I worked the night shift at Target Copy, a general printing and copying company. As is characteristic of the night shift in jobs such as this, the work load was highly variable, leading to many nights with very little or nothing to do. Many associates at this company were, like me, students at either the University of Florida or Santa Fe Community College and would use these slow nights to read or do other work for their classes. One day in April, I received a call at home from the owner of the company. He informed me that another employee at the company had reported that I was reading on the clock, and asked me if this was true. I answered that it was true. He then informed me that I was terminated and would not discuss the matter further.
I do not believe this incident is a true reflection of either my character or work ethic. My direct supervisor permitted reading on slow nights. It was an entirely commonplace activity throughout the company, and I am not aware of anyone else being terminated for this reason. Further, I was a conscientious and hardworking employee, often staying several hours past the end of my shift to complete critical projects, training new employees, and dealing with particularly complex tasks. While I respect Target Copy's prerogative to act as it pleases with regard to at-will employment agreements, I stand by the quality of my work product and maintain that I was unjustly terminated. I did not pursue any remedy for this termination on account of the above-noted at-will nature of the employment, and the fact that a low-paying service industry job is only worth so much trouble.
I am concerned about the length of the statement and whether or not the tone comes off as flippant. The statement I would like to have written is "I worked a shitty job for a shitty company in undergrad, and one day, like a bitch, the owner called and fired me at home. He told me I was fired, I told him to go fuck himself and wished him all the best in making copies for the rest of his life. I regret nothing." I think I have instead used adult words, but I am open to criticism. For whatever it's worth, I think writing about this in a law school app is even dumber than the schools that make me write about a speeding ticket from ten years ago. Thanks all for any feedback.