i met this guy recently and he was telling me about a job he had at a fast food joint when he was younger.
this guy came in and he had a smudge on his forehead, so my friend discreetly mentioned it to him.
"hey, you know you got this smudge of dirt in the middle of your forehead?"
next thing he knew the manager called him into the office and fired him.
how was he to know it was ash wednesday and some catholics put that smudge on their foreheads?
i am 60 years old and i didn't know that. heck i dont even know what day of the year ash wednesday is.
Most people who get fired like this don't tell you about all the other things they did before they got fired. It's like they will make the company lose money, insult a customer, act insensitively towards a co-worker, and then get fired. Then they go around telling everyone that their employer fired you for doing something insensitive to your co-worker
I've never seen someone fired for one infraction. It's much costlier to train someone new than to fix someone whom you have already hired. Usually, for the first mistake, the boss will come and talk to you. For the second mistake, there is some sort of formal reprimand. It's usually when you keep making mistakes that your boss thinks that you are not worth keeping that you get fired. Generally, an incident like this is the last straw
And unfortunately, as most states are "at will", not illegal. Being a non-Christian isn't a protected class.
And while the sharing of traditions is good (very good -- makes for a lot less ignorance) the workplace has no responsibility to do so. The manager should have just told the complaining employee to get over it and get back to work.
Jayesh A Lalwani wrote:I've never seen someone fired for one infraction.
This is a fast-food franchise. Not a professional workplace. I've known people who got fired from such places for how they wore their hair that day, or because they wore the wrong shirt because the right one was in the laundry, or because a new manager wanted to hire his cronies.