A Florida receptionist was fired after demanding a raise and claiming the law firm she works at would crumble to the ground if she were to leave.
It all started after a receptionist at Schwartz & Siegel received a phone call from her mother.
“Mom said I was doing too much work for the little pay I was getting,” Karen Whiticker recalled. “She told me to march into my boss’s office and tell him if he wants his coffee, he needs to start paying me what I’m worth or he can get off his lazy ass and get it himself.”
Karen took her mother’s advice, but the bold move resulted Karen being asked to leave the premises immediately.
“At first, I thought he was joking and told him to shut up, like I usually did when he’d say something I disagreed with,” she said. “When I realized he was serious, I began rattling off all the reasons he will regret this decision.”
Karen pointed out she’s the only one in the office who knows how to change the copy paper and that her system of taking phone messages is far too complex to teach. “This place will fall apart without me,” she said. “They don’t even know how to use the Kierug.”
A week later, when Karen returned to pick up her final check, she was shocked to see the firm was still in business. Phones were being answered, clients were being served, and everyone had their coffee.
“Those bastards will get their day,” Karen’s mother said.
Karen is currently seeking employment at a place where she will be appreciated.