Employee Quits after Boss Tells Him to Work Thanksgiving and Christmas

Gillian Sisley

The company is short-staffed, and the boss expects his employee to step up and "take one for the team".

A man is receiving extensive praise from the internet for quitting his job after his boss told him he'd have to work during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

In the now-viral Reddit post, with over 123,000 upvotes and 7,000 comments, Brandon shares a text exchange screenshot with his former boss, John.

John messages Brandon to let him know that he'll need to work during the holidays as they are "short-staffed for the rest of the year", because another employee "quit without warning".

The boss went on to say:

"We're really backed up so I'm going to need you to come in during Thanksgiving this year. Don't be shocked if you have to come in during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day too."

Outlandish demand, or reasonable request?

While it's quite common for certain industries to still work during public holidays, Brandon was having none of John's nonsense.

He replied:

"I already told you 3 weeks ago that I need that week off and you agreed. Now you're changing your mind?"

Before the boss could make a valid retort, Brandon gave John an ultimatum:

"I will not be working Thanksgiving and if you ask again I will not be working for you at all anymore."

What crosses the line when it comes to employer expectations?

Despite Brandon's threat, John seemed entirely unfazed by the ultimatum. John told his employee that coming in was the least he could do, and he also added salt to the wound by saying that Brandon's paid time off had been denied.

John texted:

"I'm not asking you to come in, I'm telling you you have to."

That was the last straw for Brandon, who, staying true to the ultimatum he gave, replied with:

"And I'm telling you you'll have no worker at all now. I quit."

This is the wave of the "Great Resignation".

Brandon's story is being used as an example of a current US trend that's been dubbed the "Great Resignation".

In September, the US Bureau of Labor published statistics of a record 4.3 million workers who decided to quit their jobs in August. This added to a total of 20 million who had quit since April.

The data showed that 40% of employees who resigned during this period cited burnout as the biggest reason for why. 28% of cases were cited as employees being dissatisfied with their situation, even though they didn't have another job lined up to fall back on.

The internet came in hoards to praise Brandon for his decision to quit and leave his boss John in the dust. Many said that this was just the comeuppance that corporate America deserved. After so many decades of treating their employees like garbage, the tables have turned and workers are demanding better work-life balance and benefits.

What are your thoughts? Was Brandon in the right, or is he an entitled employee who left his employer out to dry?

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