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View Diary: THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP TODAY! Son-in-Law Fired After 3.5 Years of Emotional Torture (194 comments)

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  •  torture? (8+ / 0-)

    Some, far too many, employers are real dirtbags and treat employees as expendable commodities both of which are bad business strategies for the long term and bad humanity. It's why unions are so critical for so many working people (and it pains me how few realize it).
    I feel for what your SIL is going through, and it's an all too common story, with all the components: stressful pressure, unreasonable or unattainable moving targets, nepotism, and the rest. Also, I agree:  bad conduct by private employers is not illegal unless it involves a discriminatory intent or, in some circumstances, disparate impact on a protected class.  Again, not what 21st century workplace should look like but it's the reality.
     BUT, the use of the word torture under these circumstances is IMO a tad extreme for my tastes, even with the limitation of "emotional".  

    •  so she didn't spill her guts about it (0+ / 0-)

      on the internet

      •  yes she did (0+ / 0-)

        and that's fine...it's a community where we share.  And I am not saying that the treatment received by her SIL was proper, I am saying that as an attorney who has worked in employment areas, particularly when with the AG's office, there are real horror stories out there of people who are not subject to mean acts or double standards or unrealistic pressure, but to actual physical and mental abuse, not paid, no benefits, scared due to immigration status from standing up for themselves.  So, yeah, I don't find the word torture appropriate for having a dick as a boss.  

    •  Regarding nepotism (4+ / 0-)

      We have an unusual problem with that in Utah. It is rampant and blatant and one of the biggest culture shocks when you move here from another place.

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