Ever been fired? It’s not fun. Allegedly. From what we’ve heard secondhand. Some of our best friends have been fired.
You have this building you go to every morning. It houses a desk with all your stuff. That awesome “Keep Calm and Drink Coffee” mug your coworker got you. Photos of your kids back when they still thought you were cool. The huge rubber band ball that took you forever to make. There’s even a plaque that says your name attached to the space. The plaque announces “this is my area.” It’s a commitment.
Then you get called into the conference room. There sits your boss with the head of HR, and it’s all over. Suddenly, the office manager is standing over you as you pack your coffee mug into a cardboard box. “Am I allowed to take my nameplate?”
Getting fired ruins your day. It was a dreary routine, going to work, but it was your routine. You owned it. Or so you thought.
New York Stock Exchange Managing Director Todd Wilemon recently had to do the walk of shame out of his job after being fired—and he’s fighting back against his former employers.
Wilemon appeared on the Daily Show in March 2014 during a segment on Obamacare with Aasif Mandvi, and he let a doozy fly.
If you’re poor, just stop being poor.
The guy should look into a career in writing fortune-cookie sayings.
Once the episode aired, Wilemon says his supervisors dropped the ax because he was shown “mocking the one percent.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, “In the suit, Wilemon says he knew his interview would be edited to mock his stance against Obamacare, but he believed the show would be a platform to publicize the controversies surrounding the program.”
His suit claims the firing abridged his right to participate in political activities. He is seeking $150,000.
We’re just glad someone is finally looking out for the one percent.