Thursday, March 23, 2017

The 8th nominee for the “worst employer of 2017” is … the cancerous boss

“Jon, you write a management-side blog. Why are you running a contest to find the worst employer of 2017?”

Because of employers like this one (via Courthouse News):
Plaintiff was diagnosed with kidney cancer and required immediate surgery to remove the tumor. Defendant Slutskaya denied his request for a 10-day leave of absence and told plaintiff she doesn’t “need people with cancer working in her office” and further stated, “this is America and in America you have to work even if you’re sick.” After berating him because of his illness, she finished by informing him that “with your illness [cancer], people die and I cannot keep you as a worker not knowing what is going to happen to you.”
Using the worst employers to teach those who are better intentioned the correct (and legal) way to manage employees is an invaluable tool. I have a strong suspicion that this employer will have a strong showing when we sort out the worst from the really worst at year’s end.