Received Monday, August 24, 2009
I was wondering if someone could help me, I don't want to not say anything because I'm starting to feel resentful about this, and I don't think it's healthy to feel this way constantly. I find MB a little hard to approach, so I've had a hard time standing up for myself. I'd like to drop her an email or something and I want to word it delicately so I don't upset her but also hope she listens to a voice of reason.
I'm a live in nanny working 45 hours a week, we have no contract and no provision for me to take days off. The couple times I've needed days off, I've been met with "when will you make it up?" (I legitimately needed these days off, I'd had staph infection and strep throat, I ended up working so I wouldn't have to make them up) but increasingly lately she's been asking me to help out in my time off without extra pay, like I've helped out 3 out of the last 4 Saturdays. (Saturday is not within my normal working hours) and I'm working next Saturday and also this evening... Of course without extra compensation. I don't feel like I'm being unreasonable when I feel a bit upset about this. I don't know how to delicately word this without upsetting her. Advice anyone?