I was working at a university through an agency. The agency was weird at first because the manager called me for another job role (for which I have experience) but later on emailed me saying she will push my CV for the role of the Receptionist/Administrator. I was reluctant and told her I didn't have experience as a receptionist but she got me the job and coerced me into taking it up.
I took it up thinking I can learn new things but when I went into work, I noticed that the staff don't work in the office but from home. One of the staff members was going on 1 month holiday, one of them was leaving the role and one works mostly from home
From the very first day, the reception manager kept pushing the narrative that I will be on my own for the next two weeks so whatever I have to learn, I have to learn quick.
I caught hold of most of the admin stuff but 3 weeks in, he left me all on my own and when he came in, he had to do the front desk work because I was still inexperienced with front desk. The staff and students asked questions about things that I was not aware about. One of the security guards also told the reception manager that I needed more time and training at the front desk.
Furthermore, I also work at a writing facility and needed to get a project done within 2 days. I asked my manager if I could take leave and she agreed to let me.
After the 3rd week, I suddenly got an email from my agency saying end of assignment. She was not telling me why the assignment was cancelled, kept disconnecting the phone until she said that the manager said he needed more stability and because of my absence due to tube strike and project work, he couldn't keep me.
On my last day, the reception manager ignored me completely and was only talking to the other colleague. Also, the colleague who went on a holiday will join them next week.
I dont mind losing the job because I never liked the role of a receptionist nor I wanted to do it but was this even fair treatment??
Or was this totally wrong and discrimatory behaviour ?