The Worst Bosses in America

Last Updated Oct 9, 2008 10:04 AM EDT

536670385_8ad9b7a8f2_m.jpgWorking America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, recently concluded its second annual "My Bad Boss" contest and has crowned its winners. After 640 submissions, the staff pick for most outrageous story went to Joan of Kansas.
Several years ago when I was the office manager at this company my boss asked me to organize an outing for our employees and I agreed. I felt an evening at a major league baseball game would be ideal for everyone.
I set the date for about two months out, getting a reduction on tickets for a group, getting a set amount of cash to give each employee so they could purchase snacks, organized carpooling, handing out tickets, etc.
The date arrived and it rained! My boss informed me that I had picked that particular date because I knew it would rain! My title changed from Manager to Assistant Manager and I was given a small reduction in pay.
A few months later, he asked if I would like to organize a picnic. I told him no. He then informed the Board that I refused to organize an employee picnic!
Who knew that psychic ability (or lack thereof) could be part of a job description?

The people's choice for the worst boss story was "Hillbilly Business Practices" -- check it out. It's a long and ugly story, and suffice it to say that I wouldn't wish this guy's manager on anyone.

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