Jill McGlone was paid for 12 years of no-show work
While you're sitting at your desk, mindlessly surfing the Internet to make your work day go just a little faster, consider this story about a Norfolk woman who somehow collected pay and benefits for more than a decade without ever stepping foot in her office, or working in any way whatsoever.
Jill McGlone, an office assistant for the Norfolk Community Services Board, was suspended in 1998 for "revealing confidential medical information," but guess what wasn't suspended: her pay! Over the next 12 years, she earned $319,000, or about $26,000 per year. When the new head of Norfolk CSB, Maureen Womack, discovered this HR blunder, she fired McGlone.
Now here's where the story gets even better: McGlone is claiming wrongful termination, and even filed for unemployment benefits! When she was denied them, she wrote a letter to the city manager that read, "The denial of my unemployment benefits, the wrongful termination of my employment, and the refusal to allow me to draw down the money in my retirement are issues needed for discussion."
Then she claimed that she was discriminated against, that her civil rights were violated, and that she and her family have "suffered greatly." If only we could all suffer the horror of being paid to sit at home with our pets.
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