My employer is discriminating against me. They started a new Ambassador Committee. The Committee told me they do not want any more letters from me. They said all I do is complain. This is because the Committee started a program to re-name our conference rooms. I told them that this is stupid and they should be working on getting us more money. They said that’s not what they do and that they do not want any more complaints from me. Can they discriminate against me like that?
This is not discrimination. This is the Committee’s way of saying, “Shut up, you’re being a dolt.” Stop being a big baby about it and do the adult thing if you do not like what the Committee is doing – by writing your complaints anonymously and perhaps also enrolling each of the committee members for home visits from a cult or insurance sales representative.
— Evil Skippy
P.S. You can go ahead and keep complaining to me as often as you like because I always welcome new material.
I find it rather ironic that you call the Committee members’ work “stupid” when you lack a grasp of some basic vocabulary. Please stop perpetuating the wide misuse of terms such as “discriminate” and “harass”. According to Merriam-Webster, “discriminate” means to unfairly treat a person or group of people differently from other people or groups. You are only being treated unfairly if the Committee accepts letters from other complainers but not from you. Besides, they did not tell you to stop complaining – they said to stop complaining to them. If you think the Committee’s work is a waste of time, tell upper management. They are the ones who are responsible for the Committee and, more importantly, the efficient use of resources.
Frankly, you deserve a slap for equating what is happening to you to the actual discrimination that has happened and continues to happen to people based on their race, disability, gender, sexual orientation or other meaningful characteristics. Unless you left something major out of your letter, the Committee is treating you differently because you annoyed them with a series of immature letters and not because of your national origin, religion or any other protected characteristics.
As for your real issue, I get your point. You think the company should be devoting its time and efforts to improving employee benefits rather than to new names for the conference rooms. Your failure is not this opinion but it is the way you are expressing it. Any chance you had of being heard was erased when you threw courtesy and respect out the window and told the committee members their project and idea is “stupid”. It is time for you to grow up and learn how to express a valid opinion without stooping to the level of those politicians or their minions who rely on spin and insults over substance.
Last but not least, consider giving the conference room project a chance. I visit many offices as part of my work and one of my long-time favorites is one where the conference rooms are named after music greats such as Patsy Cline and Roy Orbison. It is easier to find the rooms and it’s way more cool to tell folks that you are meeting in the “Janis Joplin Conference Room” than in “SW 2-A”. Little things like this can make a workplace more enjoyable and I seriously doubt that much money is being spent on the project. Take a deep breath and relax – you will be happier in both the long and the short runs.
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