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Cheating Your Employer for Fairness

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Politics, economy, cheating, work, The American Prospect, Bennett Gordon,

Restaurant WorkSupervisors around the country are lying, cheating, and stealing from their employers to give workers a fair shake. One supervisor at an East Coast restaurant chain, profiled by the American Prospect, has created two time sheet systems: one real, and one fake that she reports to her employer. This allows workers to take time off and tend to their families, breaking company rules, and not get fired. “I couldn’t go along with their rules,” the supervisor told the American Prospect. “It was ridiculous, like I’m going to tell this mother with a 4-year-old, ‘No, you can’t leave to pick him up.’” The idea harkens back to a quote by Paul Newman in the film Cool Hand Luke: “Calling it your job don’t make it right.”

Source: The American Prospect 

Image from the Seattle Municipal Archives, licensed under Creative Commons.

jim c_2
1/26/2010 9:33:07 PM

The manager cheating is no better than the common crook...if she has such a problem with the policy, business or rules she is also compromising her own values by working there. She needs to quit, boycott or complain...not steel and justify her rotten behavior under the guise of helping some poor MOM...GOD BLESS


kit kellison
1/18/2010 8:25:46 PM

It's astonishing that these stingy employers will steal your car, then give you the keys to their house.


dukkie
1/8/2010 2:23:55 AM

Contrast this to the world's ultra wealthy, no matter how generous- who gives more? Who takes the greater risk to his own livelihood? The CEO, even a generous one, or the restaurant manager record fudger for the sake of his workers well being? Do these materially mega-rich people really believe that this life, this world, is all there is, and that we must grab all we can for ourselves? The beginning of my awakening was having seen how it all can be taken away in the blink of an eye. The goodwill, good reputation, personal integrity some exemplify, does endure, even beyond the inevitable expiration of the mortal shell we inhabit during the brief flash of time we call earthly life. The world is changing, but the superstition of egoistic greed and materialism will not die an easy death. I make no claim to wisdom- I simply see a battle being waged and have chosen which side I am on.