Frustrated with the fact that his boss frequently showed up late when she was supposed to relieve him at the end of his shift, a worker at a gas station in Michigan decided he wasn’t going to put up with it any longer. One day when his boss was more than an hour late – leaving him trapped at work and unable to go home – the worker wrote a note to his boss and taped it to the door, locked up, and just went home.
The note said, in part:
Learn to be on time or at least communicate when you are going to be late. +1hr with no phone call is unacceptable.”
While many people have sympathized with the employee’s dislike of a tardy, disrespectful boss, the boss was not so understanding and fired the employee. Even though if seemed harsh, the boss had the right to do so.
According to the at-will presumption, an employer can fire an employee for any reason or no reason at all, as long as that reason is not unlawful. It’s not unlawful for the boss to fire the employee for writing a passive aggressive note.