Woman gets co-workers fired after reporting their night-out banter to HR

Photo by Annie Spratt
Photo by Annie Spratt

*Mary was invited to a night out for drinks organised by the department supervisor and overheard three of her male colleagues ranking the women in her office, including herself, on what they referred to as the hotlist.

Mary, who originally shared the matter on Reddit, said the three men rated women in the office from worst to best based on their looks.

Although she was eavesdropping on the conversation she was left feeling “upset and disturbed” and decided to report the matter to HR the next day.

“Yesterday morning I told HR and they stated that they have a zero-tolerance policy for actions like this,” she wrote.

But after reporting the matter, which consequently led to the three men being sacked, she now feels guilty and wonders whether or not she’d made the right choice in reporting the matter, Mirror reported.

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“All three men were fired first thing this morning, and now I feel terrible,” she says.

Admittedly, Mary didn’t appreciate the distasteful manner in which they were referring to women but she didn’t think they deserved to be fired.

“With that said, we work for a large company that I know takes complaints like this seriously. So deep down I suppose I knew it was a possibility when I complained.”

While no one in the office knows she was the one that reported the men, she’s heard co-workers referring to the person that spoke to HR as a snitch.

Mary’s situation received mixed reactions from netizens.

“HR didn’t get them fired. Their own actions did,” one user commented.

“This type of culture/behaviour is toxic and demeaning,” another added.

*Not her real name

Sources: Mirror, Reddit


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