Injustice: 11 cases of people who were fired for absurd reasons
Losing your job is not usually a pleasant thing, no matter under what circumstances. However, it must be admitted that the most common is that there is a good reason for any dismissal, either because you are a bad employee, because the company is going through cuts or for some more shady reason.
Still, it's not too difficult to find cases that clash because of the absurd reasons that led to the dismissal of employees. From over-overwhelming wins and overly attractive appearances to altruism in an emergency and Gangnam Style spoofs, here are some of the most ludicrous reasons why you lose your job.
1 - Beat the opposing team by too many points
When you are the coach of any sports team, it is certainly your job to help your team win - preferably by a good margin. Apparently, though, there is a strict definition of what is too good a margin, as the American Micah Grimes discovered in 2009.
At the time, he led the women's high school basketball team at Covenant School, a private Catholic school in the US, and led the girls to win a 100-point match 0 against a gym team that specialized in helping kids with learning problems such as dyslexia. The institution then felt embarrassed by the unchristian victory and, as Grimes refused to apologize for the score, eventually dismissed the coach.
2 - Be Irresistible
Melissa Nelson was a married mother who worked as a dental assistant in the same office for 10 years, always performing her duties efficiently. However, her boss James Knight eventually decided that she was too sexy to resist the temptation and, after talking to his own wife, decided to send her away.
Not only that, when the former assistant appealed about unfair dismissal, the court agreed with the dentist, confirming that she was too sensual for the job. Knight would have accused her of wearing too tight and revealing clothes, even if she had on an apron. After a comment from the woman about her lack of an active sex life, the boss would have even made a joke about it being "having a Lamborghini in the garage and not driving it."
3 - Have a blog
Having a personal blog and social media profiles is so common today that one would expect that as long as they were used with common sense, it would have no consequence, right? That's not what happened to former Delta Airlines flight attendant Ellen Simonetti.
The woman was fired in 2004 after her employers found out she owned a blog titled "A Flight Attendant's Diary." Although Simonetti had not defamed, attacked or complained about the company in any way, Delta claimed to have found inappropriate photos of her in her uniform - particularly one where part of her bra appears.
4 - Prevent a robbery
Father of three children, Juan Canales worked as a waiter in a Thai restaurant in the United States. One day he noticed a commotion outside the establishment and saw a woman having her car stolen by a thief armed with a knife.
Putting his own safety aside, he rushed over and fought the bandit, pinning him to the ground until the police arrived. After stopping the attack - and possibly saving the woman's life in the process - Canales was immediately fired by his employer, presumably for all the attention he had drawn to the scene by acting like a hero. After all, no one likes free positive advertising, right?
5 - Give extra cheese to a co-worker
An employee of a Dutch McDonald's branch was fired for selling a free cheeseburger to a co-worker. According to a representative of the fast food chain, this made the snack become a cheese burger, so she should have charged a higher price.
When the girl made a legal complaint about the decision, McDonald's was forced to pay the € 4, 200 (about $ 12, 616) for the remaining five months she still had to contract. The network argued that the former employee had broken company rules that prohibited free gifts to family, friends or colleagues, but the court ruling remained.
6 - Sell the hair for charity
Stacey Fearnall's father had died of cancer and she decided to shave her head to collaborate with a charity fundraising event. When the Canadian returned to the Nathaniels restaurant, where she worked as a waitress, her new haircut eventually led to her boss firing her.
The owner of the establishment, Dan Hilliard, defended his decision by saying that the restaurant has certain set standards, forbidding men to wear earrings and requiring employees to have “reasonable size” hair. Fearnall's hair donation earned more than $ 2, 700 for the Cops for Cancer organization.
7 - Go to work orange
At a Florida state law firm, there was a tradition that all employees wore orange clothes on the day they received their salaries as a way of showing their union when they left for happy hour after hours. . However, the practice led to 14 people being fired for repeating the custom for a few months because new company executives thought it was some kind of insult.
Although the tradition had been around for a long time before managers took control of the firm and there was no official policy on the issue, the new managers thought the practice was some kind of protest against them. Not sure what that meant, they decided it was easier to fire everyone who was orange.
8 - Repeat a joke from your favorite series
Certainly there was a point in your life when you found yourself using everyday phrases that you heard on your favorite TV shows. While the overuse of certain expressions can become annoying after a while, it is certainly no reason to fire anyone - except in the case of American John Preston.
During a vacation retreat, he and some co-workers took the substitution of the phrase "God bless you" with "you're so attractive" when someone sneezed - a practice adopted by the characters Jerry and Elaine in an episode of the Seinfield comedy series. However, Preston kept up the craze even after returning to work, and unfortunately ended up saying it too many times to a beautiful colleague, which caused his dismissal for sexual harassment.
9 - ENTER ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS
In the age of the internet, few things are more annoying than those people who type everything as if their “Caps Lock” key is stuck. But in Vicki Walker's case, the emails she sent in capital letters - often red - ended up causing little more than irritation and led to her resignation.
Interestingly, however, only one message with this kind of practice was found during the trial for unfair dismissal, which earned her cause. Walker eventually received compensation from his former company of $ 17, 000, equivalent to about $ 39, 000. Imagine if she had put a smiling face at the end of the message.
10 - Make a Spoof of Gangnam Style
Everyone already knows that Korean Psy gum music can end their day by sticking to their head, but few would suspect that the viral hit would also have the power to lay off 14 people. That's exactly what happened to a group of lifeguards in the state of California after posting a spoof of Gangnam Style on YouTube, titled Lifeguard Style.
Apparently, the problem came from the fact that they showed up wearing bathing suits provided by the city and filmed the video in the pool where they worked, which would justify the decision. However, they claimed that everything was done outside of their working hours in order to just have fun. The dismissal was undone and everyone went back to work the following month - and the spoof is still available.
11 - Smarting ... 49 years earlier
Committing a crime seems to justify any dismissal, right? But things are not always what they seem. In 2012, a 68-year-old man named Richard Eggers was fired from his job at the US bank Wells Fargo for an infraction he had committed in 1963 - and no, it was nothing as serious as a murder or a robbery.
All Eggers had done was use a coin-cut piece of cardboard to make a washing machine run in a laundry room when he was a teenager. He had already been indicted at the time, which was recorded in his criminal record.
However, you were framed when federal bank regulation laws were introduced that prohibited the employment of anyone convicted of a "dishonesty, breach of trust or money laundering" crime. It seems that someone simply did not understand what "money laundering" means.
And have you ever heard stories of a resignation that sounded like sheer madness? Have you been unfairly fired? Leave your opinion in the comments.