After Enduring a Manipulative Manager, He Unravels His Boss’s Web of Deceit and Brings Her Down.
The Original Poster (OP) clashes with their manipulative boss, Nina, leading to a whirlwind of conflicts and a personal journey toward redemption. The OP strikes back with the subtle but powerful move, leaving Nina to face the consequences of her actions.
Breaking Into the Industry
The OP starts their first professional job in a long-desired industry. The OP quickly realizes that they don’t fit in with office politics. Most coworkers are okay with it, but their boss, Nina, is not pleased with the OP’s lack of political effort.
Nina’s Relentless Nature
Nina believes she can “handle things when NOBODY else can” and wants her employees to do the same. OP tries to stay on her good side to avoid conflict. Nina gets a temporary office with a great view, which she brags about as if it’s the Sistine Chapel.
Uncovering a Conflict of Interest
OP discovers Nina’s husband’s company is contracted to perform work for their employer. Nina always favors contractors connected to her husband. When OP tries to address it, they are dismissed and told they don’t understand the situation.
Safety Rules and Facial Hair
OP wants to grow facial hair for his wedding. Nina initially agrees but later loses her temper when OP begins growing a beard. OP gets the safety department’s approval but is still called “youthfully defiant” by Nina.
From then on, OP keeps all conversations strictly professional with Nina. They show no emotion and avoid discussing personal matters.
Nina becomes more critical of OP’s work, rejecting tasks even when they meet or exceed her requirements. Simple math becomes a point of contention.
OP suffers a possible heart attack due to work stress and is rushed to the hospital. Later, it is revealed that the attack was a panic attack brought on by stress and a poor diet.
OP’s wife receives a phone call notification that the OP is being fired. To this day, OP has yet to be given a reason for the termination and was not told directly by the company.
Peers Reach Out
Coworkers contact OP to inquire about his health. OP subtly mentions being fired, and word begins to spread, causing people to distance themselves from Nina.
The Ethics Hotline
OP calls the corporate ethics hotline anonymously, reporting Nina’s conflicts of interest and naming her husband’s company. Two weeks later, Nina’s prized office is condemned for being on a ‘fault line,’ forcing her into a cramped basement office.
Nina now spends over 50% of her time at a remote location, requiring lengthy travel. She is also denied a replacement for the OP, forcing her to take on their former duties in addition to her own.
Alienation and Lack of Support
Nina becomes alienated and receives no support from her colleagues. She spends more time working on client sites than in her office. Nina faces a difficult final five years before her retirement, burdened by her excessive workload and lack of support from colleagues.
The Best Revenge
Despite Nina’s attempts to bring OP down, they manage to find happiness and success in their new job. Ultimately, OP’s journey of overcoming adversity and taking control of their own life serves as a powerful reminder that the best revenge is indeed to live one’s best life.
Was The Man’s Behavior Appropriate?
The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses…
One responder wrote: “Not sure of the state laws where you are, but I believe that firing you while you’re off on temporary disability might constitute a violation of the ADA, depending on specifics.”
Another reader writes, “Sounds prime for wrongful termination suit.”
A different person states: “And you didn’t sue for being fired while in the hospital?”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by this thread.
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