Sunday, July 26, 2009

Furlough is a verb

I got an email from my friend Terri. Her husband is having to take 40 furlough days for the next year. Now her part-time job has "furloughed" her. Not just a few days off but she's being "furloughed" so her job can be given to the bosses son who lost his job. And to add insult to in jury she is supposed to train him for the next 2 weeks.

How ballsy, how rude to actually tell an employee they're being let go to hire a family member. She's a contract employee so there isn't anything she can do about it. No unemployment, no smart remarks. She basically has to just take it and be nice about it so if the son finds a different job her boss will rehire her (he says).

I guess "furloughed" is the new, improved way of saying laid off or fired without cause.

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