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Boss dragged for preventing approved vacation time

Commenters on a viral internet post were quick to show their support for an employee who detailed a heated interaction with his boss during a trip he had been planning for “many months”.

In a Reddit post to r/antiwork, Redditor u/ImplyingVolatility (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said they had requested time off for their planned vacation several times and explained that their request had been granted – until which he suddenly wasn’t.

Titled “My boss tried to take my vacation away from me which I had approved months in advance. I immediately gave notice to quit. He immediately found a way to give me my vacation,” the viral post went viral. received over 21,000 votes. on the last day.

Beginning with the explanation that they informed their boss of their travel plans early in their planning process, the original poster stated that everything was going to plan until recently.

“As I had plans so far in advance, I of course informed my boss that I wanted to take this time off,” they wrote. “He told me that it wouldn’t be a problem at all so far in advance, and that he would make sure I had my free time for the dates I requested.”

“As my break time approached, I reminded my boss of my possible vacation. He repeated that everything was taken care of,” they continued.

“Finally, my vacation time has arrived. My boss suddenly acted like it was completely out of the blue,” they added. “He said I hadn’t requested time off in the ‘proper channels’ and there was no way I could get time off.”

Following their boss’ explosive reveal, the original poster said they considered their options, ultimately deciding their vacation was most important to them and making the difficult decision to offer their resignation.

“I decided I had no choice, I just had to take this trip,” they wrote. “I called my boss back and told him I just had to quit.”

Redditors were quick to show their support for an employee who nearly had his approved vacation taken away at the last moment.
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“He demanded to know if I gave two weeks’ notice. I told him I could give a week’s notice, since my trip was in a week,” they continued. “He asked me if I would stay if I had some free time, and I said sure.”

“He called me back 10 minutes later and told me everything was sorted and I could continue my journey,” they added.

In the United States, no law or regulation requires employers to grant employees paid or unpaid time off.

The Family and Medical Leave Act protects workers from losing their jobs in the event of a medical or family emergency, and some states require companies with a specific number of employees to provide unpaid leave, but it does not There are no general laws requiring employers to allow any kind of vacation time.

Last year, data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 92% of employees in private sector establishments with 500 or more employees reported having access to paid time off.

In small establishments, with between 1 and 49 employees, 71% of employees reported having access to paid leave.

However, having access to paid leave does not always mean benefiting from it.

In the viral Reddit post, the original poster categorically claimed that they were immediately approved to take time off months in advance. But when it came time for them to take that leave, it became a serious problem.

Despite the original poster’s revelation that they finally got the time off needed to make their trip, commenters responding to the viral post agreed that the emotional roller coaster they were forced into was not needed and encouraged OP to potentially seek employment elsewhere.

“You should immediately ask for a substantial raise,” Redditor u/Baph0metX wrote in a comment that received over 2,000 votes.

“I know you said you were going to look for another job, but in the meantime they let you know how much they needed you,” they added.

“I would always consider looking elsewhere,” added another Redditor. “Bosses don’t tend to react well when they lose their sense of power.”

In a separate comment, Redditor u/inevitableequal833 offered a similar answer.

“Major red flag,” they commented. “Your boss basically turned out to be a liar, at the very least he doesn’t care about employees.”

“We are much more valuable to businesses than we realize,” they continued. “They’ll actually go a long way to make sure we don’t give up if they can help it.”

Newsweek contacted u/ImplementingVolatility for comment.


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