My boss approached me yesterday.
Boss: You can take care of Baby Corn?
Boss: Because he's going to get sick a lot. He's going to need all kind of vet care.
Me: (Confused, because he's never been sick so far and the internet says he has a normal life span. Made a note to self to call the medical department and go over his chart).
Me: Did you get my email?
Boss: *rolls eyes* Oh yeah, I got it.
Me: ... What do you think?
Boss: I think you handled the situation wrong. You shouldn't have left before the class was over.
Me: I left about ten minutes after he said, "Well, I guess we're done here." I thought we were done. What do you think about telling him that I have autism as an explanation?
Boss: I think you should have told me that you have autism in your interview. Sometimes I don't hire people like that.
Me: My doctor told me not to disclose my disability until I was hired.
Boss: Well, now it's a big problem. In fact, I'm not sure you're going to work out. We'll have to wait and see.
Now believe me, I get that it's illegal for her not to hire me because of autism or to let me go because of it, but there are several important factors. First, I don't think she cares. Second, I don't have any remaining energy to go fighting legal and moral battles here. I'm just trying to stay afloat. To be honest, if she doesn't want me as an employee simply because of my autism (I know that I'm a good worker), I don't want to work for her.
Call it running away, but I'm looking into another potential job. I'm terrified of this boss, who is known to full out scream at people. I don't want to work for someone like this. I can't deal with it.
I emailed the director of the daycare and basically said, here's the deal: I have Asperger's. While I'm really good at some things (remembering things, following rules), I suck at others, like relating to my peers. I'm kind, a very hard worker, and I love children. I just can't do office politics and might need help talking with parents. Do you want me?
She emailed back with about six questions about what Asperger's would mean at that job. I answered them all positively but honestly.
She's going to get back to me.
And did I mention I'm now really worried about Baby Corn?
Good thoughts and prayers, please? You know what to do.