My (Ex) Boss had to fire somebody for hateful comments, for the better of the rest of the staff, and was fired for it, and the bigot was promoted. We all walked out at the 3 locations he was running.
My boss, the only decent one I've ever had, had to fire somebody a couple of weeks ago for saying
" Man, "LGBTQ+" is just a fancy way of saying I fuck kiddies in their tiny little holes" In response to me answering a customers question, when they asked why I was wearing a pride pin. All I said was "I'm Bi.", and he said.. That.
Well, my (ex)boss found out about this after I passed it up the ladder, and tried to have a conversation with him about it. He refused to go to the back room, when asked several times, so my boss fired him on the spot, in front of the majority of the staff and a packed store. The fired person knocked over some displays, grabbed his stuff, then left. before calling the DM (who it turns out, is a Friend of his fathers), who then put (ex)boss on suspension for the investigation. Said (Ex)boss was a very loud advocate for improving our working conditions and working with our schedules, and tended to help us out in odd ways when badly needed (exboss would pick up staff sometimes if they had car issues but wanted to come in for example, or expense out uber rides through the companies expenses portal.) The staff of our store, myself included, said that if (ex)boss was fired, we walk. a few days go by without any information, then a week...
Then the bigot comes back into clock in and work. he chuckles and says that (ex)boss was fired, and he got a promotion to ASM while the company is hunting down now 3 SMs for these 3 stores.
45 people walked out once I told everybody what went down, between 3 locations. we've all dropped bad reviews on the company, and all passed complaints up to HR. we aren't returning till this bigot is fired, we get a raise, and (ex)boss is back in position. some forced through their vacation time rather than just walk out, but yeah.
A few notes I found out about this prick to include: He has had 7 harassment complaints, 8ish write ups, he's gotten 13 customer complaints (a lot are for sexist comments, or being rude to women that come in asking for things. its a male dominant field, so he thinks women know nothing) he has been PIP'd 5 times, his father is a friend of the DM and has some influence in the company, He punched another employee once some years ago...
What is some advice for ways to act against some of the poor choices of the DM, and what else can we do to try and put pressure on them? is there anything we should have done here besides this?
Edit: Since so many people are asking, and some are guessing it, Ill give you a hint as to which company it is. It is NOT called "Highes" and the location is NOT on the "West" Coast.
Edit 2, Electric Boogaloo: We are going to be getting ahold of a few lawyers tomorrow about this series of unfortunate events. The usable advice is going to be taken over the next few days.
TL;DR: Good boss get fired, Bigot gets promoted, 45 People quit go brrrrrrr.
“This has been a foreboding sign for many years. They've been snapping them up for a couple of recessions, at least..”
My friend works for Lowe’s in Florida. Their town issued a safety curfew due to hurricane Ian, and Lowe’s tried to override the local govt curfew so my friend could stay at work.
“I really hope you wouldn’t leave the company for a couple thousand dollars. We have a great culture here.”
I’ve been with my company for a few years now. I’ve loved it as much as one could love a job, and it had been going well up until recently. I’m over it now.
I have been told for a year or so that I am ready to move on up and become a GM. Only problem is I’m not willing to go somewhere I don’t want to live just to make more $. It has to make sense. I don’t want to go somewhere just to hate it and want to come home 6mo later.
So a roll opened up in a town I wanted to live. I was familiar with the area, had family near there, and could really enjoy that area to its fullest potential. I was ready, so I applied.
I went through the interview process. It all went very well, and I was even told I was highest on the totem poll, as far as internal candidates went, and they would get back to me once they went through all of the external candidates too. I was jacked. At the end of the interview, I was also asked if I had any interest in going to “X” town at all, or just the one I had applied for? I said just the one I had applied for.
Long story short, I didn’t get the role, but got offered the same position at a town I didn’t wanna be in. The ol’ bait and switch. I was not happy. Denied the role.
I ended up asking for a raise to mitigate the time between then and finding another open role to somewhere I wanted to go. I didn’t get a dime. Then came the, “I really hope you wouldn’t leave the company for a couple thousand dollars. We have a great culture here.”
So I went home pissed off and started applying. Got a new gig immediately making $20k more than I am now and got the title I was after. Don’t let your employer decide your fate. F them.
So, a number of ppl from r/AmITheAsshole said you guys might enjoy my post, so I decided to post this here as well:
UPDATE: I'm realizing that some people find the fact that I used "fired" to describe the termination of the contract I had with this company problematic, so I'm changing that. However, that's not a problem at all. There's not a clause in our contract that says that I need to work on the tasks for the following month in case the contract is terminated, btw.
Ok, so I (30) have been working for this US-based marketing company part-time, remotely, as my second job. We have an independent contractor agreement, btw. I've been working for them since April 2022, and there was a convo even that my minimum wage will be reconsidered for a raise after 60 days...It's freaking September now and that raise was never brought up by the executives - EVER. Anyways, I completed all my September tasks because I'm a hardworking b***h, and started working on October tasks to be ahead of everything and avoid potential assignment clusterfukk. Monday morning, I see a message from Vic, the CEO, terminating our agreement casually - I'd love to share the termination email with a follow-up thread if anyone's interested.
Anyways, the CEO says they will no longer need my services "effective immediately," and the reason is a "declining customer base", and they can no longer afford my services. The email also stated that my last and final invoice WILL be paid and that I should send my list of assignments for the team to take over. Fine, okay. It happens, not a big deal. It was the first message I saw on a freaking Monday morning, and decided I won't let it get to me. Butttttt...
One day later, and mister CEO is asking me to complete a couple of my October assignments, and is obviously refusing to pay my September invoice, even though the tasks are obviously for October. What is argued here is that two of those October tasks should be sent on September 30th for review, so the SOB CEO considers these to be September tasks even though the list says OCTOBER TASKS. It literaly says October, and I am fired and IT'S NOT OCTOBER, SO WHY DO I CARE? I could do those, but why? Won't be paid for them and he's just using me as two other employees called in sick in the meantime. What bothers me the most is the fact that he is trying to make it seem like I didn't do my work, and I ALWAYS do my job.
Anyways, I am planning an anti-campaign against this company since I am not being paid my minimum wage after I have completed all the work for September and after I've been let go. He keeps insisting and I keep plotting - not getting my money is the bottom line.
The question for the r/AITA was AITA for not wanting to do those October tasks and for planning an anti-campaign against the company. I decided with the help of redditors that anti-campaigning wouldn't be a good idea, but I should prolly go public if he keeps refusing to pay me for the work done
Manager: Can you come in this weekend to work.
Me: Nopes. No can do.
Mgr: It's Sunday, what do you have to do on Sunday?
Me: I like cleaning cobwebs. So I take a long handled broom and walk around the neighborhood asking random people if they would like me to clean their homes.
Mgr: What kind of reply is that?
Me: It means - What I do on Sunday is none of your business and don't ask me that question again unless you are dying. And FYI if you are dying I'll assume the office is closed for next 13 days in mourning. I will of course send a nice condolence message to your home with a bouquet.
Mgr: This work needs to be completed before Monday.
Me: No. I've sent the last batch to customer on Thursday asking them to give feedback by Monday and outlining various options and timelines. We will not be doing any work on the project till we hear from them and only work on the lines they approve of.
Mgr: I still think we should do the work this way.
Me: Look I am the Project Manager. I'm speaking to the customer and I am answerable to them. You are not a technical person and you have zero idea of what you are asking. The approach you are suggesting is a waste of time and will not work. We have already discussed and rejected it even before the project began.
He goes ahead and calls the team to work on the approach he wanted to adopt. They work on the weekend and run into the snags I warned them about.
In his pettiness he has them delete the backup files of the work I submitted and overwrite the raw files with his changes.
I come in on Monday and find out he and his lackeys have destroyed one month's work. I resign on the spot, so does the rest of the team. 5 resignations from a team of 7 in a single day.
Only the people who worked on weekend are left. They lose the project when client hears of the snafu - the Project Manager from the customer team called me on my personal phone to find out what happened. The other partners are livid. Company closes down.