Slacker and Steve - Bad Boss (Audio)

May 20, 2016

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A group of poultry companies has been called out for treating their workers badly. A report by Oxfam America says that the 250,000 poultry workers in the U.S. get paid low wages, have high injury rates and are denied bathroom breaks on a regular basis. The report says not being able to use a restroom has led some of the workers to wear diapers or not drink liquids. The report says working conditions at Tyson Foods, Pilgrim's Pride, Perdue Farms and Sanderson Farms are violating America’s workplace safety laws. The report also noted that allowing people to take bathroom breaks is difficult at a poultry plant, because the whole line slows down if one part stops. PETA has spoken out on the topic, saying the workers are stripped of their dignity just like the slaughtered animals are.

Employees Share Stories of Worst Bosses Ever:
- A worker told the boss of a dying grandmother and time off was needed. “My boss replied, ‘Well she’s not dead yet, so I don’t have to grant your leave,’” the worker wrote. “ And, I was told to complete my workday. Suffice to say I did not finish my workday.”
- “The final straw for me was the day that he (boss) told me, ‘You would be much cuter girl if you just lost some weight.’ I was subsequently fired when I responded that “I may not be thin, but I can lose weight and you will always be shorter than I am and your hair will not grow back.’”
- “I went to work and slipped on a wet floor. My ankle swelled up. My boss wouldn’t let anyone take me to the emergency room until I finished processing daily invoices. She told me to stop moaning and just put my foot up. Five hours later, she had someone take me to the ER. It turned out that I had broken my ankle.”
- Debbie Stevens, a Long Island mother who sources could only describe as "kind and generous", donated a kidney to save her boss's life. The woman was then fired soon after, by the very same boss to whom she donated the kidney.
- Lenny "Nails" Dykstra was a center-fielder for the New York Mets in the late-1980's and the Philadelphia Phillies throughout most of the '90s. Some years later, in 2008, he started a magazine called Player's Club about professional athletes and their expensive lifestyles. He even offered them financial advice. The unluckiest employees were pressured into providing him credit card access with the promise they would be paid back with interest. "One of the dumbest decisions I ever made, giving him my American Express card information," said Kevin Coughlin, who left another job to become photo director for The Players Club. Coughlin said that Dykstra ran up tens of thousands of dollars on his card, including one $32,000 charge for a leased jet from Atlanta to Helena, Mont., where Dykstra’s son, Cutter, was playing minor league ball. Coughlin worked only 67 days for Dykstra, but it took months to recover the money. Kevin Dykstra said Lenny used the same credit card ruse on their mother, Marilyn, and alleged that his brother invested, and lost, the $700,000 bonus his son Cutter received when he signed his first professional contract with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. 
- Boss Breaks Employee's Nose While Forcing Her to Kiss Another Worker
In 1999, publisher Richard "Mad Dog" Beckman was out with employees when he decided he wanted to see two women kiss. He chose Carol Matthews, West Coast ad director, and Emily Jahncke Davis, Vogue's international fashion director. He smashed their faces together so hard that it broke Matthews's cheekbone - so badly that she needed extensive reconstructive surgery. Beckham, who had a reputation as boisterous bully, apologized, but Matthews sued anyway. When she got a fat pay-off, she left the company.
- Boss Fires Employee for Time Spent Off After Double By-Pass
In January 2008, New Zealander Murray Gardiner, 60, was admitted to the hospital after suffering a week's worth of major chest pain. He was put into emergency surgery for a double bypass. Afterwards, records noted that the procedure was "uneventful" and had "nil" complications" - successful by all accounts. Except one. Gardiner's boss, Patch Rubber Company director Julian Proctor, dropped by the recovery room not with flowers or balloons, but with his briefcase. He pulled out a letter that said the following: "Murray, this is very hard on both of us but unfortunately I have to find a replacement for you. I have been told that the operation was not fully successful in that the veins that they took from your legs were not much better than the ones that were going to your heart, so that only half the operation was able to be completed. To return to full duties too soon could kill you. A temporary replacement for you can not be found even if you are able in the future to resume full duties."

What's the worst thing a boss has ever done to you?