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Showing posts with label Worst Employer 2018. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Announcing THE WORST EMPLOYER OF 2018


The day has finally arrived. It’s time to announce the Worst Employer of 2018.

To remind you, we had four finalists in contention for this … (dis)honor:

  • The Murdering Manager — company owner hires two men to rough-up a handyman who was not doing his job, and they accidentally kill him.
  • The Sexist, Racist, Xenophobic, Oh My! — plant manager calls foreign-born employees "terrorists" and women "bitches," and tells the only black employee that her husband should work in a cotton field with a rope around his neck.
  • The Supervisor Supremacist — supervisor begins morning staff meetings by saying "White Power" and giving the Nazi salute; when African-American employee complains, he finds himself hanged in effigy.
  • The Tasering Torturer — company owner disciplines employee by threatening to kill him, lighting fires near him, and repeatedly shocking him with a taser.
 
The final vote wasn't close. The winner tallied an astounding 62% of all first place votes.

The Worst Employer of 2018 is…

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Worst Employer of 2018: The Finalists


The votes have been cast, and counted. And we have four awful employers that have qualified for the finals of the Worst Employer of 2018.

I started this journey all the way back on January 2, 2018, in a post discussing a company president who tried to solicit sex from his employee by telling her God wanted her to be his sexual plaything.

And he didn't even come close to qualifying for the finals!

After nearly 600 votes, you've cut the 15 nominees down to these 4 finalists (in alphabetical order):

  • The Murdering Manager — company owner hires two men to rough-up a handyman who was not doing his job, and they accidentally kill him.
  • The Sexist, Racist, Xenophobic, Oh My! — plant manager calls foreign-born employees "terrorists" and women "bitches," and tells the only black employee that her husband should work in a cotton field with a rope around his neck.
  • The Supervisor Supremacist — supervisor begins morning staff meetings by saying "White Power" and giving the Nazi salute; when African-American employee complains, he finds himself hanged in effigy.
  • The Tasering Torturer — company owner disciplines employee by threatening to kill him, lighting fires near him, and repeatedly shocking him with a taser.

Now for the fun part. Instead of asking that you pick just one of these gems, I'm asking you to rank them, from 1 (the worst employer) to 4 (the least worse employer). This will then give me a weighted score to name, finally, the WORST EMPLOYER OF 2018.

The polls will remain open until Tuesday, December 18, at 11 pm.

You can vote below, or at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SG9Z8CX.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

VOTE for the ‘Worst Employer of 2018’ — polls are open


All year long, I've been sharing examples of the worst employers in America. My goal? Compile them at the end of the year and then turn it over to you, my readers, to pick the worst of the worst.

Today is your opportunity to help pick the Worst Employer of 2018.

I've narrowed my list down to my choice for the top 15 naughty employers.

Voting will take place over two rounds, a preliminary round and a final round.

In the preliminary round — which runs from today until Nov. 21 at 11 pm — you will be able to vote for up to 4 choices. (For ease of reference, I've summarized each nominee, as well has hyperlinked back to the original nominating post.)

I will then tally the votes, and, in early December, I'll be back with the finalists, to offer everyone the chance to vote one last time to name The Worst Employer of 2018.

Vote, share this post with your friends, colleagues, and social networks, and, most importantly, learn something from the mistakes of these 15 very worthy nominees.


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Monday, October 15, 2018

The 17th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the hedonistic harasser


Some call it horseplay. I call it sexual assault. And the 17th nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018.

Robert Smith worked behind the meat counter at Rosebud Farm, a small Chicago grocery store. It only took a few weeks after he started work for his male coworkers (including his direct supervisor) to start harassing him. They groped and grabbed his genital and buttocks. They reached down his pants. They repeatedly mimed oral and anal sex on him. And they did this for four years.

Monday, September 24, 2018

The 16th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the sexist, racist, xenophobic, oh my!


"Jon, your first 15 nominees this year were so awful. How are we supposed to decide which is the worst, and please stop adding nominees. You're only making our job harder."

Well, dear readers, sorry. Sometimes, I pick the nominees, and sometimes they leap off the screen begging to be nominated.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The 15th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the tasering torturer


Was this a car dealership or the set of Hostel 4?

Jason Cox worked as a car salesperson for Marietta Motors. According to Cox's lawsuit, for the entirety of his 10 months of employment, the company's owner, Travis Westfall, engaged in a continuous and unrelenting campaign of verbal and physical abuse and harassment.

Cox claims that Westfall:

  • Repeatedly demeaned him based on his large size, with names such as "Tiny," "Fat Ass," and "handicapped."
  • On numerous occasions, pointed at Cox the red laser-sight of the handgun he kept at work.
  • Placed the handgun to Cox's chest while telling him not to make any sudden moves.
  • More than once held knives or other sharp objects to Cox's throat while demanding that he not make any sudden movements.
  • Told Cox that he could "slit [his] throat and sleep just fine at night."
  • Struck Cox with a soda bottle on his surgically repaired leg.
  • Punched Cox repeatedly.
  • Lit fires near Cox.
  • Duck taped Cox's phone to his hand and head while he was talking.
  • Repeatedly shocked Cox with a taser, to the point that his co-workers attempted to hide the weapon from Westfall.

Cox also claims that Westfall captured the abuse on video and shared it on social media

Ultimately, claims Cox, he quit and fled the workplace, but not before he claims to have suffered severe and permanent mental and physical injuries.

If even a portion of this stuff happened, not only will it qualify Marietta Motors and Travis Westfall for a well-deserved nomination for the Worst Employer of 2018, but it will also result in a very large and warranted payday for Jason Cox.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The 14th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the HR pimp


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — the federal agency charged with responding to natural disasters — appears to have a disaster of its own to respond to.

It appears that its former HR chief offered creative "bonuses" to his male employees — he's accused of hiring women to be possible sexual partners to men working for the agency.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The 13th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the murdering manager


Today's post is a lesson in how not manage a poor performing employee.

Believe it or not, it's generally considered poor employee management to attempt to motivate employees by causing them serious physical harm. It's even worse when that serious physical harm results in an employee's death.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The 12th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the soulless supervisor


I did not intend to run back-to-back "worst employer" nominees. And then I received this reader submission (thanks Suzanne Lucas).

The headline says it all:
Manager fired after her callous texts with a mom whose son is on life support go viral

Monday, July 2, 2018

The 11th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the supervisor supremacist


Last week, I asked why anyone is still using the N-word.

Which brings us to today’s nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018, which apparently did not receive the “Thou shalt never use the N-word, ever!” memo.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The 10th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the whitewasher


White only

If I told you that an employee hung this sign inside his workplace, you might think I was talking about 1950’s Mississippi.

I’m not. It’s 2018 Sacramento, California.

That alone would be enough to earn this employer (Vivint Solar) a nomination as the worst employer of 2018, but it’s just the tip of the racist iceberg.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The 9th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the raging retaliator


Today, I take you to lovely Riverside County, California, home of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, the Coachella Music Festival … and the 9th nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018.

Until his termination on May 7, 2018, Andrew Yeghnazar had, since 2010, worked as the President of Blacoh Fluid Control, Inc.

What did Blacoh Fluid Control (allegedly) do to earn its nomination?

Monday, May 7, 2018

The 8th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the age discriminator


Today’s nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 is Seasons 52, a national, Orlando-based restaurant chain.

Last week, it agreed to pay $2.85 million to settle a nationwide class age discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC. The lawsuit included significant direct evidence of age discrimination.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

The 7th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the pregnancy provoker


Kayla Edwards worked as a cashier for Aramark at its location in Gettysburg National Park.

In February 2017, Edwards became pregnant with her third child.

That’s when her troubles at work began, at least according to Edwards’ lawsuit [pdf] (filed earlier this week in federal court in Pennsylvania).

Monday, April 2, 2018

The 6th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the sadistic sergeant


Thomas Schiermeyer was already a recruit for the Seaside Park, New Jersey, Police Department, when he applied to the Police Academy for a promotion to an entry-level Officer. 

The application process he alleges in his lawsuit is one that I’ve certainly never seen before, and one to which no employee ever should be subjected.

Monday, March 19, 2018

The 5th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the pension preventer


ERISA section 510 provides:
It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge, fine, suspend, expel, discipline, or discriminate against a participant or beneficiary for exercising any right to which he is entitled under the provisions of an employee benefit plan … or for the purpose of interfering with the attainment of any right to which such participant may become entitled under the plan.

The Supreme Court has long interpreted this section as “protect[ing] plan participants from termination motivated by an employer’s desire to prevent a pension from vesting.” As the 6th Circuit noted, “[T]he prohibitions were aimed primarily at preventing unscrupulous employers from discharging or harassing their employees in order to keep them from obtaining vested pension rights.”

Late Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe late Friday. McCabe was (almost) a 21-year veteran of the Bureau, and was to have retired just two days later. The March 16 firing, however, prevented McCabe both from voluntarily leaving the FBI and collecting his federal pension.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The 4th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the (in)humane harasser


The 4th nominee for the worst employer of 2018 is the Humane Society of the United States, which last month voted to retain its CEO despite an internal investigation that identified and corroborated three complains of sexual harassment against him.

Monday, January 22, 2018

The 3rd nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the camera creep


The third nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 might be the creepiest I’ve shared yet.

From the Tampa Bay Times (c/o the ABA Journal):
Attorney James Patrick Stanton, accused of secretly videotaping nude and partially clothed female employees of a Tampa company, has agreed to never practice law again in Florida. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The 2nd nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the arresting school board


There are lots of correct ways to respond to employee complaints.

Handcuffing and arresting the employee is most definitely NOT one of them. 

Yet, this is exactly what the Vermilion, Louisiana, school board did when a teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, tried to raise concerns at a board meeting about a proposed raise for her boss, Superintendent Jerome Puyau.

Thus, I have nominated this employer as the Worst Employer of 2018.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The 1st nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the holy harasser


The inaugural nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 is a doozy.

I bring you (courtesy of the New York Post) the holy harasser.