I have written here once before on being bullied badly by my disability employment agency but this time I will name and shame.
I have a disability provider as I suffer with bad back problems as well as depression. I recently have changed providers because of the bullying tactics that were being used against me as well as loosing my job due to the behaviour of my last case manager Sue Wagner from Adelaide Personal Placements based at Kilkenny. (Would also be interested if anyone else has been bullied by this person). On attending my new provider we were going through what was on my file and bipolar was mentioned, I have never suffered from or been diagnoised with bipolar.
Anyway last year I had got into a course and gained employment as a support worker. My plan was going on to study mental health this year and the place I was employed with were fully aware of my intentions and to start with, supported this. Anyway I had a major argument with this Sue Wagner about my rights. Next thing I knew that she had contacted my workplace and told them that due to my mental status that she personally did not think I was suited to a position in mental health. When my employer spoke with me they told me that even though they knew my heart was set on studying mental health at this stage they were now not even going to consider it due to my case manager Sue Wagner informing them of my mental health status. I automatically assumed she had disclosed I suffered from depression knowing that and my back condition were the only things I was seeing a disability provider for. I thought it was a big turn around for my employer to do this as I had disclosed in my initial job interview that I had suffered from depression and I thought I would be good at working with people with mental health because of this.
I therefore had to resign as the only thing this employer was to offer me now was cleaning peoples homes in which I cant do due to my back problems. It was only last week when going through my file with my new provider that bipolar was mentioned. I am positive this Sue Wegner From Adeladie Personal Management had added this to my file as I had put in a big complaint about her as well as the fact that due to moving houses 6 times in last 4 years I have had a number of different disability providers and every time I have started with a new provider you get asked about what is on your file and bipolar has never ever been mentioned before until changing from Adelaide Personal Management to my new provider due to Sue Wegners bullying. I lost my job only 6 weeks before christmas after working on my new career for previous 9 months. I had been unemployed for 3 years and found it hard enough to get a job due to my disability let alone having my name defamed to my new employer as well as this bitch deliberatly sabotaging my job and file.
There job is to help us not put us back in to poverty and I am now facing being homeless due to not being enough low income rental properties available as I am now unemployed again. I can not believe how much these employment providers can actually add and change information on our personal centrelink files. Surely this is a crime and surely there has to be something more I can do than just reporting them to compaints department through job access. Anyone with some helpful information on what path I can take to help put a stop to these employment agencies being able to sabotage our files like I have had happen please leave a message for me. Thanks
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