Commenters on a viral web post were quick to show support for an employee who described a heated interaction with her boss about a trip they’d been planning for “many months”.
In a Reddit post published on r/antiwork, Redditor u/ImplyingVolatility (also known as the original poster or OP) said that they had asked several times for time off for their planned vacation and stated that their request had been granted – until then suddenly not more.
Entitled ‘My boss tried to take my leave that was approved months in advance. I resigned immediately. He immediately found a way to give me my vacation,” the viral post garnered more than 21,000 votes over the past day.
Beginning with the explanation that they informed their boss of their travel plans early in the planning process, the original poster said that until recently everything was going according to plan.
“Having plans so far in advance, I naturally told my boss that I wanted to take this break,” they wrote. “He told me that that far in advance it wouldn’t be a problem at all and he would make sure I got my time off for the dates I wanted.”
“As the time for my break approached, I reminded my boss that I might be on vacation. He reiterated that everything is taken care of,” they continued.
“Finally it was time for my vacation. My boss suddenly acted like it came out of the blue,” they added. “He said I didn’t request time off in the ‘proper channels’ and there was no way I could get the time off.”
After her boss’s bombastic revelation, the original poster said they had considered their options and finally decided that their vacation was most important to them and made the difficult decision to offer their resignation.
“I decided I had no choice, I just had to go on this journey,” they wrote. “I called my boss back and said I just had to quit.”
“He wanted to know if I would give two weeks’ notice. I told him I could cancel a week in advance as my trip was in a week,” they continued. “He asked if I would stay if I was free and I said of course.”
“He called me back 10 minutes later and said everything was settled and I could continue my journey,” they added.
There are no laws or regulations in the United States that require employers to provide employees with paid or unpaid time off.
The Family and Medical Leave Act protects workers from losing their jobs due to medical or family emergencies, and certain states require companies with a certain number of employees to provide unpaid leave, but there are no overarching laws requiring employers to to grant such a kind of vacation time.
Last year, data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that 92 percent of employees at private companies with 500 employees or more said they were entitled to paid vacation time.
In smaller establishments with 1 to 49 employees, 71 percent of employees said they were entitled to paid leave.
However, access to paid time off does not always mean taking it.
In the viral Reddit post, the original poster insisted they were immediately approved to take time off months in advance. But when it came time to actually take that time, it became a serious problem.
Despite the original poster’s revelation that they were ultimately granted the time off their journey required, commenters responding to the viral post agreed that the emotional rollercoaster ride they were being forced on was unnecessary and encouraged OP , possibly seek employment elsewhere.
“They should be asking for a significant raise immediately,” wrote Redditor u/Baph0metX in a comment that garnered more than 2,000 votes.
“I know you said you were looking for another job, but in the meantime they’ve told you how much they need you,” they added.
“I would definitely consider looking elsewhere,” chipped in another Redditor. “Boss don’t tend to respond well to losing their sense of power.”
In a separate comment, Redditor u/inevitableequal833 offered a similar answer.
“Major Red Flag,” they commented. “Your boss has basically turned out to be a liar, at least he doesn’t care about the employees.”
“We are far more valuable to businesses than we realize,” they continued. “They will actually go a long way to making sure we don’t give up if they can help it.”
news week contacted u/ImplyingVolatility for comment.
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