I'm in a bind here. I had a postdoc at a prestigious R1, but my mentor wasn't the greatest. She basically ran her postdocs like servants, and the lab was generally unhappy. I ended up complaining to the department head during my exit interview in what I thought would remain confidential. Unfortunately, the head honcho and the mentor had it out one day, and my complaint against the mentor (as well as the similar complaints of other postdocs) were explicitly cited. I then received an angry email from my mentor, I tried to explain things as best I could, and basically I never heard from her again.
Anyway, the reason I write is this. I had worked at the end of my time there for about 5 months on a major project, one for which I assumed I would be included in the publication. Indeed, prior to the blowout, my mentor had emailed me things like, "looking forward to getting you another pub", etc. I was involved in this project form the beginning, and was central to its design. Guess what? I found out that the thing was published in a leading journal, and I wasn't included. She never even contacted me about it. I was included in the 'thanks' section.
I know it is too late to somehow get my name on it … but what are the ethics here? Should I push on this? I know it is logical to say, "Ask her what happened", but I think it is pretty damn clear what happened, so what is the point?