Okay, I couldn’t resist the urge to squeeze in one more “year’s best” list…but can you blame me? (Don’t answer that.) From flight attendant freakouts to too-sexy bankers (is there such a thing?), and everything in between…let’s just say that if the following workplace stories were people, Barbara Walters would be interviewing them during sweeps.
So while you were busy deciding to go with an understated-yet-elegant look, clarifying that you are in fact not a witch (although who isn’t, on some level?), or saying, “Dictionary, schmictionary!”…here’s what was going on in the world of workforce management this year…
- Getting Fired Over Facebook is So 2009 In what became a groundbreaking case highlighting workers’ rights when it comes to social media, the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against a company the group said illegally fired an employee for criticizing her supervisor on her Facebook page. (For the record, none of this stuff ever happened with Friendster.)
- Sorry, Mario Lopez, but A.C. is No Longer the Most Famous Slater Steven Slater became a household name in August when the then-Jetblue flight attendant, after arguing with a passenger (and possibly overreacting), dramatically activated the plane’s inflatable emergency slide and literally slid off the job in a huff.
- Jenny the Office Assistant Punk’d Us All Hot on the heels of Slatergate (sorry, I’ve always wanted to ‘gate’-ify something) emerged another working class hero: Jenny, the office assistant who emailed her entire office a series of photographs of her holding a dry erase board with messages revealing that she was quitting – and, oh, yeah, the boss is kind of a perv. The photos went viral and made Jenny a social media star…until it all turned out to be a hoax.
- We’ve All Totally Been There Ever been fired for being too hot? That’s what a former Citibank employee claimed when she filed a suit against the bank, saying she was unfairly terminated for being too attractive. Citibank, however, has said the termination was due to poor job performance and has refused to comment further.
- Working for Oprah is Just as Awesome as Being in Her Audience In September, Oprah surprised every O Magazine staffer with an Apple iPad, customized leather iPad case, and a check for $10,000. Y’know…just cuz. (Okay, it was actually to celebrate the magazine’s 10th anniversary. But still.)