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Woman outsmarts employer by reporting them to Labor Department before they fired her wrongfully

The employee's sudden firing after inquiring about pay backfired as she had already informed the Ministry of Labor, seeking justice.

Woman outsmarts employer by reporting them to Labor Department before they fired her wrongfully
Representative Image Source: (L) Pexels | Ivan Samkov, (R) Reddit | u/Zealousideal_List576

It's no secret that most corporations indulge in questionable practices to ensure maximum profits. Employees at organizations often turn a blind eye to most of them, but sometimes one feels prompted to investigate. Doing so can have disastrous consequences, as demonstrated by u/Zealousideal_List576's story. The post titled, "Fired suddenly for asking about pay - jokes on you," got 2.1K upvotes on the platform within a day of being uploaded on the platform. The employee started working at a new company for six months and noticed that her employer was doing "sketchy" things. These included illegal employment contracts, job misclassification and underpaying, to name a few. The individual also noted that this was a deliberate action by the employer due to their evasive behavior on topics of pay.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Taryn Elliott
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Taryn Elliott



Wanting to investigate further, she emailed her boss to ask about pay stubs that she had not received. The employee prepared for the meeting by reading up on all the legal aspects related to pay the night before. She headed into the office the next morning and shockingly found out that her login was blocked. Soon after, her boss called her to inform her that she had been fired because of "performance issues." That was not a legitimate reason as she was a hard-working employee and never had any performance problems at work. When the individual inquired further, her boss couldn't provide any specific reason for her termination. To top it off, other supervisors gave her excellent feedback regarding her work. She wrote: "I was loved and productive and my supervisor literally told me this month that he was recommending me for a higher 'trainer' role with higher reflected compensation."

Before being fired, she happened to file a report to the Ministry of Labour. Having been fired without prior notice, which the Labour Department viewed seriously, the manager was essentially headed for a world of trouble. The "termination as retaliation" would be considered a "massive violation," and the boss would very likely incur hefty fines. There was even a chance for the organization's business license to be revoked. The employee conclude, saying, "He just made my case better." She provided an update in the comments section that it would take some time before the case was taken up by an officer. She also called her boss, who wasn't very communicative. The boss attempted to soften the blow by saying that he would "talk to a board member" to help her with her taxes.

Image Source: Reddit/ComplaintNo6835
Image Source: Reddit/u/ComplaintNo6835


Image Source: Reddit/u/republicanvaccine
Image Source: Reddit/u/republicanvaccine


After this, the employee sent her boss multiple pages of legal documents detailing laws that she violated, to which he did not respond. People on the platform commended the woman for her prompt action and shared their thoughts in the comments section. u/mrTheJJbug commented, "Way to Go! Great idea to send the email; that way, it is documented that you talked to them and they fired you for it. Well done." u/Hyche862 added, "I'm curious to see how it all goes and how long it'll take for the hammer to fall." 

Editor's note: This article was originally published on September 2, 2023. It has since been updated.

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