April 16, 2024 at 8:29 am

New Boss Fired Them For Bogus Reasons, But They Knew What They Were Owed And Ended Up Getting A Huge Payout

by Matthew Gilligan

Source: Reddit/AITA

Ahhhh, some work stories that appear on Reddit’s “Malicious Compliance” page are just so darn satisfying…

And this is one of them!

So quit wasting your time and dive in right this second!

Hand over all my tasks so you can get rid of me? Ok!

“A few years back I was the IT Contracts and Supplier manager at a large company, been there 25+ years and had a LOT of corporate knowledge, having worked in multiple roles over that time.

Also was very well paid due to length of tenure and experience at the company.

This place went down the tubes.

A new jerk boss gets hired and proceeds to get rid of people he doesn’t like and hires his buddies into various roles. The workplace culture took a nosedive pretty quickly. I knew my time was limited as I wasn’t in his inner circle.

Seeing the writing on the wall, I started looking for and applying for other roles. The boss gets me in their sights and decides to get rid of me, looking to move one of his recently hired buddies to my specialised role (he doesn’t even understand what I do, needing a lot of technical knowledge combined with contract and legal).

He tells me he wants to move me onto an upcoming project and to finish off what I am currently working on and not take on any new work. Through all my contacts across the company, I knew there was no new project or even significant budget for one, but I’ll do what I’m told.

Okay, I’ll wait…

I wrap up my work and tell him I’m ready for the project. He says sit tight, it’s not far away, and ‘don’t start anything else’. So I sit at my desk, applying for other jobs and waiting.

One of the jobs I applied for comes through and get an offer on a Friday morning. That same afternoon the jerk boss comes around and says, the project isn’t happening, and as you have nothing else on your plate, we will have to let you go.


I know there is heaps of work backed up and the **** is going to hit the fan soon when contracts aren’t renewed, services cancelled, etc. I also know my employment contract and they will have to pay a generous redundancy – because the boss told HR my role isn’t required anymore.

Sure, buddy…

I say, ok, I guess you will have to pay me a redundancy too? Sure he says, not knowing what he has agreed to. So I go through the redundancy process and at the same time accept the offer of the new job.

Come my last day, I happily accept the $200k payout (his face goes pale when he hears of the amount, because it comes out of the teams budget), walk out the door and into the new job the day after.

That worked out!

Love my new job, less stress, great culture, a great team, wish I’d left earlier, but then I wouldn’t have got the payout if I resigned.

4 weeks later, I hear the **** is hitting the fan, and they advertise for a new person for my old role as no one knows what to do, because apparently my job was ‘easy’. He didn’t even ask me document what I did to hand over to anyone else.”

And here’s what people had to say.

This person shared their own story.

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Another person’s brother went through something similar.

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This Reddit user talked about their wife.

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One individual shared their thoughts.

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And this reader made a good point.

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Not a bad payday!

Way to go!

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