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This is Stephen Daigle. He was my employer by definition in the State of Maine. I am normally not a fighter. But, I have had enough! I worked for this person in his insurance agengy in Lewiston, Maine. Here is the link to his office if you are curious . I started working there in 2009 to help in the office. I was hired to work part time with a promise that, eventually it would become full time. In Maine, as most people know-as with the rest of the country-the economy has hit full swing in the negative and people are suffering. Most people who live in this state have seen it. So, due to the lack of jobs for someone with my background and experience, I took the job for him in hopes of him meeting his promises. Well, weeks turned into months and then a few years. In the meantime, I grew quite close with my co-worker, Michelle Ouellette. We both sufferred under the tyranical work envirnment as we had no choice. We both have families and needed food on our table and heat for the winter, etc....You know how that goes... We worked for this man under such extreme conditions and endured. He kept me in part time employ-despite my constant requests for the initially promised full time work. Not only that, but each request for a raise of ANY sort was denied. Oh, there is so much I could write about and I have proof of it all. I did the right thing by constantly requesting adjustments as I deserved and all of them were ignored. Not only that but the conditions endured were hostile to say the very least. The man would not allow us to take one break and lunch and supper breaks were unheard of unless we were to suffer a dock in pay for such time. I worked ten hour days for thirty hours a week and prayed since all I requested fell on deaf ears. As for Michelle, she was supposed to work a 40 hour week-but of course, this was ignored as hours were denied to myself and heaped on her despite her numerous protests. And her raises-you probably guessed it-nonexistant! There is so much to tell about all we sufferred through and I will name just a few. Besides all of those hours without breaks, snow days were unheard of-yes we live in Maine and drove over an hour each way to get there, and Maine does get ALOT of snow. To no avail. Ah, Well! There was also the constant stream of demands that we run his personal errands such as applying for his hunting license, buying groceries for his son on foodstamps (his son is a "recovering" drug addict and is on state aid), weeding his garden, dealing with a realator on buying a house for his girlfriend in Florida (despite the protests of his girlfriend up in Maine), and finding nursing care for his mother and endless rehabilitation places for his son on his failed attempt at cleaning himself out. Naturally, I refused-which is probably why he refused in turn my requests for more hours despite my background in the field. However, my co-worker did not and all she received for it all in return were stress related health issues. He was known for piling work on our desks that had to be done immediately when it was time to eat or head home. There was never one thank you-only a constant barrage of how he did not make enough money to even allegedly afford what he paid us. Despite all I have trained to do-he made sure that I was only on the phones booking more appointments for him to make money. He is an insurance agent for life insurance out of Maine-so I hope that fills in the blanks where you might have had questions. I felt so trapped working for him that I carefully gathered evidence to which I have written about and MUCH, MUCH, More! This man is a liar and seems to get away with the deplorable way in which he treats his employees. He is decent in a way only to those who sleep with him or run his personal errands in the case of Michelle. He paraded a long line of bimbo's in front of us during work hours and gave them acces to his house and office. This is frightening since they all had shady histories with criminal backgrounds and by their having access to the office-they had access to all of this thousands of clients personal information. Frightening to say the very least! Not to mention his own son who was convicted on many accounts of criminal mischief and his drug addictions. It was so insane all that we had to deal with that I wrote a book about it all called "Evil Sells" . I listed it as a fiction due to the fact of trying to protect myself. How sad that one has to do that even though the law is on your side. They say that work conditions should be safe and humane. Working for Stephen Daigle was neither. I did the right thing and left finally when I could not take it any longer. I filed for unemployment and fought them. According the the state of Maine Unemployments laws, I was in the right! But when bought to their attention-I was denied! I sent them an eleven page appeal which was denied in full-quoting a law that I had mentioned! After it all, I could ony cry at the INJUSTICE of it all and sit back and reflect. hat made it all even worse was that they had told me that I had to pay back the unemployment that I received! I actually once had faith in the legal system but now am in serious doubt. For I researched the laws that were applicable to my case and even requested a formal hearing in which I could bring forward my stack of evidence against him along with witnesses (there were quite a few). All of this was denied and I apparently am not allowed my day in front of them to state my case. I was just plain out denied any recourse and told to pay them back! I am appalled and saddenned over all of this and horrified. Why do people get away with all they do? I know I am just one tiny person and there are many out there like me. My voice was silenced by their denial of their own laws. I do not know how it is in other states-but Maine has become quite horrid to work in, where people like Stephen Daighle get away with all they do and all because they have money. I have always worked hard and was constantly updating my education and work experience. I did everything by the law, even, especially in this matter that I bring before you. And to no avail. I am a writer and my sword is my pen-or in this case, my keyboard. I hope that someone hears my plea and has more knowledge of what is out there. It is sad to allow people like Stephen Daigle to get away with all he is getting away with and all because the man has money. I feel bad for people who are his clients in their being disillusioned by his faked concern. All he wants is money and that he DOES get-at the expense of all who work for him and actually are led to trust him. And all for naught. I hope that my tiny voice is heard and someone out there can see what we have endured. My hope is that more of us voice our concerns over the injustice and people like him will be bought to justice for thier actions.... I hope and pray with all I am for this. Someday justice will return to Maine and I will jump for joy....If you want to see my appeal-just let me know-for it is ready to go. It is only part of my proof. I have much more!