New groom fires his brother after he proposes during wedding

Tracey Folly

Is a man who recently posted about a family drama on Reddit in the wrong for dismissing his brother after the latter proposed at the original poster's [OP] wedding?

To provide some context, OP owns a plumbing company and hired his brother three years prior. The brother was unemployed after the pandemic, prompting OP to extend a job offer. Initially joining the company at age 22, the brother aspired to be a master plumber and eventually establish his own business.

During OP's wedding, where the brother served as the best man, he chose to propose to his longtime girlfriend during his speech. OP and his wife were taken aback, feeling as if the brother detracted from their special moment. Family members seemed ecstatic, capturing the moment with photos, admiring the ring, and so forth.

OP chose to let his brother go the following day. The brother remains confused, accusing OP of being egocentric and unreasonable. Their parents concur, suggesting that "business and personal lives should be kept distinct." However, OP struggles to disregard the actions that overshadowed his wedding. Is he over-analyzing the situation?

Note: It's worth noting that the brother will receive severance pay. OP recognizes the familial bond and would not wish for his brother to lose his residence due to this decision. But given the close-knit nature of the business, OP dreads the prospect of daily interactions with him, at least for the time being.

Additional note: OP has initiated communication with his brother, and they've scheduled a face-to-face conversation.

Lastly, OP appreciates everyone's input but would like to clarify a few misconceptions. Those suggesting motives like jealousy or a pre-existing desire to fire the brother are mistaken.

OP had chosen him as his best man and was supportive of the brother's ambition to launch his own business. The employment was merely to assist him in regaining stability, and OP is genuinely pleased that he has taken a keen interest in the profession. Prior to this event, no ill will existed between them.

So is OP in the wrong for firing his brother? Chime in and let me know.

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