The employer's side of the story.

Employees talk about why they were fired. Here are the parts they may have left out.

Our old friend, the Daily Mail, had an article this week about a Whisper thread in which employees talked about the crazy reasons their employers fired them. Some are truly appalling:

"I was fired for being in a coma because I didn't call out."

This is an outrage! But as I read on, my mind couldn't help imagining the employers' sides to these stories. Here are some of the Whisper postings (in bold) with my "asides" in red:

"There's gotta be another side to this story!"


"I was fired for being in a coma because I didn't call out
for six months after I'd been released to return to work and was finally caught by some of my co-workers twerking on top of a bar."

"I was fired for taking time off to grieve for my grandfather when he died for the 18th time."

"I got fired because I started to gain weight and didn't 'fit in' any more . . . I worked at Dunkin's [sic] Donuts." It's not my fault that I couldn't keep my hands off the merchandise.

"I got fired from my first firm because I beat the head attorney with a baseball bat on a lead case!" Uh, dude, you're not supposed to be "adversaries" with a lawyer in your own firm. 

"I was fired for sexual harassment for asking if a coworker was sunburnt." She yelled when I came up behind her and playfully snapped the back of her bra - what else was I to think?

"I was fired because a kid fell when I smacked him. I worked in the toddler room at a daycare and the kid was learning to walk. No matter how many times I smacked him, he just wouldn't learn. What an idiot. He fell and got hurt. His mom said I was a danger to her child." No wonder the kid's a mess. Total mama's boy.

"I was fired for being a 'contagious disease of negativity.'" 'Nuff said.

Image Credit: From flickr, Creative Commons license, by Thomas-Leuthard.

Tags: HR, Humor

Robin Shea has more than 20 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (including the Amendments Act). 
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