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So much for that... *sigh*

post #1 of 9
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I no longer have a job. I was offered a nanny position and was supposed to start next Monday. The mother looked on my Facebook page and read all my status updates and found out that we were thinking of moving to Texas. She asked me about it and I told her that yes we were discussing it, but nothing was certain and if we did end up moving it wouldn't be for quite a while, probably close to a year. There is still so much for us to do. She said they needed to "think about it", but thanked me for being honest.

She contacted me today and said that they decided that they still wanted to extend an offer to me if I wanted it. I told her (this was in an email) that I still had a few questions to ask, and that I was on my way to pick my son up from school, but I would call her when I got home. I did, and I asked her what my pay rate would be b/c they never told me a final wage. I make around $10 per hour, and my last nanny position (3 years ago) paid me $9 per hour. At our interview they said they could pay me $8-9 per hour, which I said was fine. She said that they had been talking about it but hadn't decided on a wage yet, but she would let me know tonight or tomorrow. That made me a bit concerned, especially since we were getting so close to me starting. I did NOT expect what was coming.

She said that they would be willing to pay me $330 per week. For a 50 hour work week, that is broken down to $6 per hour for the first 40 hours and $9 per hour for the last 10 (and they said they may be late a couple-few days per week). That is 55 cents less than minimum wage here, and as a nanny/household employee I am entitled to minimum wage and it is illegal to pay me less than that.

Her reasoning?? B/c I may move someday and I won't work for them for years and years. She said they found security in knowing I would work for them for many years, but since I may move someday she couldn't justify paying me that much when there are nannies out there that she can hire for less. Needless to say I turned her down immediately.

*sigh* *bawl*

I have been unemployed since May. I have gone for countless interviews, for both nanny positions and CNA positions. This was the first job offer I have had. My husband seems so disappointed.

I have since deleted every mention of moving to Texas off of my Facebook page. I hope this doesn't come back to bite me in the butt the next time I go to get a nanny position. I have already reposted my ad on Craigslist for a new position. Hopefully something comes along soon.
post #2 of 9


I'm so sorry What a disappointment.

There is no reason you should be underpaid just because you "might" end up moving. That just sounds like an excuse, and not a good one...to pay you less.

I hope you are able to find a job soon.
post #3 of 9
*sigh*

This is the problem with posting the details of our lives on the internet... it's all out there for anyone to see, unless we're very careful.

On Facebook, it's possible to really clamp down on your privacy settings. You can prevent people not on your friends list from seeing much of anything (status updates included), and you can even control what your friends see. Of course, I also like to limit my friends list to people who really are my friends.

Still, discrimination based on the idea that you *might* move? That sucks.
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
There is no reason you should be underpaid just because you "might" end up moving. That just sounds like an excuse, and not a good one...to pay you less.
she just thought she'd found a way to get an experienced person for bupkes.
sending 'get a job' & for you!
post #5 of 9
I agree -doesn't sound like she would have been a good employer. She just wanted cheap help for her kids and household .... but yes, it is a good idea to not put those kinds of details on a social networking site... We forget just how "open and accessible" the Internet is.
post #6 of 9
Well this may be a good thing in the long term. The money they offered you to take care of their children -what were they thinking??

Good luck on finding the next position.
post #7 of 9
i NEVER use my real name when signing up for facebook, myspace...anything like that cause employers do look at those things. i just make something silly up, im not waiting for people to find me, i just use it to stay in contact with my friends.

im sorry you got screwed over because of that, you should go in and change your name, even if its just a different variation of your name and set your profile to private.
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
My profile is set to private now. I think so at least...I thought it was before. Now no one will be able to see what is on my facebook page without being my friend first. I really only have good friends and family members, plus some old friends from school on there.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by kara_leigh View Post
My profile is set to private now. I think so at least...I thought it was before. Now no one will be able to see what is on my facebook page without being my friend first. I really only have good friends and family members, plus some old friends from school on there.
Couple things to check to make sure they are the way you want them:

In the privacy settings, under search there is "Search Discovery
Use this setting below to control who on Facebook can find you through search. Your Friends will always be able to find you."

Any applications you've added, check the privacy settings on them.
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