I work as a computer technician. The higher-ups and I have had many discussions about my personal cell phone number NOT being available for clients to call me. I even declined a phone "credit" so that my phone number would remain private and insisted that I be given a cell phone provided by them if they wanted me to be available to clients while not in the office.
Last Thursday, I was on a job when I was called by one of our clients on my cell phone. The caller told me they had received my number from someone at the office. When I arrived back at the office, I sent out a mass email to the employees after unsuccessfully trying to find out who the culprit was. After the email was sent I immediately went to the owner's wife (who is in charge of HR), voicing my compliant. To my awkward surprise, she admitted to give out my cell phone number to a client w/o my permission. Her excuse was "Well, I didn't know how to reach you and they said it was important..."
I could tell that she didn't feel comfortable around me and has said two words to me since Friday. I exchanged emails with my boss (the owner) about his wife giving out my number, explaining the same thing. I wasn't rude. In fact, I was speaking lightly about the matter with internal emails to prove it(which I can no longer get to). I then noticed the next day a craigslist listing for a job position at our work. The description was exactly the same as my job... I confronted the owner about this today, asking if I had anything I needed to be worried about. We talked and according to him my job was not in danger.
Despite what he said, there were little signs throughout the day that let me know what was coming at the end of the day. I noticed the passwords to all the accounts we order products through had been changed. I was being asked by the owner's assistant for my client timesheets for billable time. I was asked, in detail, as to what I had planned to do at clients this week. So, at the end of the day, the owner pulls some excuses out of his hat; spins a few facts. Then flat out lied to my face about why he was firing me. Nothing mentioned was a justifiable reason to fire someone with my performance, relationships with clients, and general effectiveness in my position. It was painfully obvious there was another reason behind it.
When he spoke to me, it was the first time I had ever heard his voice shake because he was so nervous. I was an employee of 6 months.
Please let me know of I need to provide any more information. I requested my personnel file and should be able to give details about the actual policy tomorrow.