After the employee faced financial bias from his boss during a pay request, the community rallied in support of him, demanding justice.
Everybody faces financial difficulties at some point in their life. The actual degree of it may vary, but it should never be used against someone as an excuse. This is especially true for people who own businesses or restaurants who are obligated to pay their employees on time and fairly. Reddit user u/queermarxisttrekkie recently shared a screenshot of a conversation with his boss, who started using her financial condition as an excuse for delayed salary payments. The post has gone viral with 20.5K upvotes and 3.4K comments.
The conversation begins with the boss informing the 21-year-old employee that he would not need to come in the next day. The employee then inquired if they did payroll for Saturday and, if so, when he could pick up the money. He stated how he needed the money to buy some groceries. His boss gave a lengthy and elaborate reply, discussing how she had financial difficulties.
She is 52 years old and compares the employee's financial state to when she was 21 years old, stating that she was poor for a long time. The woman mentioned how she made her own meals and packed her lunch to save money while insisting that the individual budget his meals. She concluded by saying how the employee made more money than her in a week and how it was unfair to tell her about any financial problems he had.
He provided a few more details in the post, mentioning how she owned the bakery he worked at. He writes, "I get paid under the table in cash. We work alone together a lot of the time and so we have opened up to each other about a lot of things." He opened up to her about his financial situation because he trusted her and wasn't looking for any handouts or pity. Instead, the woman ended up using it against him.
He further shared that she had been paying him late for quite some time. So, he felt obligated to keep checking in with her to see if she did payroll because he needed to buy food for himself. He concluded, saying that this reply of hers to his query had him speechless. People on the platform sided with him and wrote their thoughts in the comments section. u/zeuzduce said, "Dog, my old boss also pulled the 'You actually make more than I do!!' after I asked for a raise. The dude had just bought two new houses the previous year and had the gall to say I was at a higher income level than him. These people are sociopaths."
u/sterphles highlighted, "What about that 'collage' education? Also, it seems like she's poor right now, too, if she can't afford to pay you. I'd feel such intense shame if I ever missed payroll that I'd be scrambling to make it up out of my own pockets." u/SpookyBlackCat suggested, "An employer is not required to make enough money to pay you. They are required to pay you, regardless of their financial woes. Tell the boss to start eating PB&J so they can afford to pay what they owe."