« on: October 14, 2011, 11:45:21 PM »
A couple weeks ago, I spent approximately 15 hours preparing exhibits/documents for an attorney's hearing. I attended the hearing; I was thanked after the fact for the fact that I stayed until almost midnight the night before the hearing helping out.
Two days ago, I spent the better part of the day preparing exhibits/documents for a hearing. I did not attend the hearing, but afterwards, was thanked by the attorney for having everything so well organized and neat.
Over the past three/four days, I have drafted a 30-page response to a summary judgment motion, including caselaw research and preparation of the necessary affidavits. The past two or three evenings, I brought the brief home with me after hours to work on it so I could do it uninterrupted. I was not asked by the attorney to do this, nor did he even hint that I should do that.
Boss recently acquired a personal assistant. We were suspicious of her from the start, but we (me and other paralegal) opened up to her a little. Mistake. It went straight to boss. Now she and I are both total screwups. I allegedly spend too much time in the other paralegal's and in N's offices. Never mind that while, yes, I go to both offices to bitch, 90% of the time, it's actually work-related. Now I'm basically not allowed to enter either office.
The other paralegal and N are my work-friends. We all get each other. Now I've been chained to my desk. Now, I'm getting thrown under the bus left and right. There are emails indicating the quality of my work is sub-par, or that I'm simply not doing the work. I have it on good authority that no, that is not the case. There's a reason that N says 'here's the opening brief in support of summary judgment. Get me a draft of the response so I can look at it'.
And I am working late every frikkin night. I get in at 9, 9:30. I rarely leave before 7 or 8. A lot of nights I stay later. If any attorney has a late-night filing, I'm there. Always.
And guess what? I have to work tomorrow. Did I complain? Not to the boss. I said 'okay, sure'. Because I'm good at my job, I'm a good paralegal and, while I get thanked by all the other attorneys in the office, the only one who matters thinks I'm a total screw-up.