I wanted to do something lighthearted for this post, especially after the last post's crankiness. And then life decided to drop a boatload of crap on my little sister.
She's been working for our dad for the past couple of weeks, thankful to have any job due to getting fired from her last one and unemployment fighting her on benefits. Dad owns part of a company that is involved with corporate parties and larger events, and he runs the carpentry warehouse. They'll build all sorts of things for the theme that they're hired for, up to and including a scale mini-Alamo. Our brother works with him, too, and Dad and Bro work crazy hours to set up and tear down these parties. Sis was working very basic work there, just helping out as much as she could.
There was one guy there that kept invading her personal space. Nothing too over the top, but enough to make her uncomfortable. Our brother noticed it and went to our dad. Our dad, who hates any type of confrontation, went to one of the women in the office area that deals with the planning aspect of the parties to ask her to talk to the guy since she'd known him for a while. The woman went and talked to the guy. Now, I wouldn't have chosen this woman to talk to him since she doesn't have any amount of tact, but he needed to be talked to in order to keep the working environment safe for my sister and safe from harassment issues.
Next thing my sister knew, the guy had quit. He came back the next day and went to talk to one of the other company owners, the one who runs the office section. He accused several people in the warehouse of doing unsavory things, ranted about my dad, etc. The partner, who shall be known as Asshat to me from now on, came out to yell at my dad. My dad, of all people. Asshat accused my dad of not knowing how to manage his people, told my dad that he'd be willing to buy out his share of the company if my dad didn't want to be there anymore, and basically berated him for over an hour.
Today my sister told me that she's no longer working with our dad. Apparently, Asshat doesn't want her working there because it creates a family bias. Ummm...excuse me? The only family bias that has been shown has been on the part of Asshat, who veers into the area of biased against family members. He even discounts my brother's ideas and suggestions because listening to them would be showing "bias." My brother is an intelligent and level guy, whose ideas stand quite well on their own merit. And my sister is a hard worker who tries to not cause trouble. My dad, the poor guy who is bearing the brunt of Asshat's unfounded anger, deserves the respect due a business partner and talented carpenter.
This guy, who is richer than anyone else there due to other investments and business ventures, has no idea what goes on in the warehouse. He doesn't know the dynamic, and he doesn't know what it takes to get stuff done. He's an equal partner to my dad, and he needs to stop acting like he's the boss. My dad needs to stand up for himself. If our dad didn't own part of this company and if he wouldn't suffer the consequences as well, my sister would have grounds for a lawsuit. She was made uncomfortable in a work environment, there were steps taken to fix the situation, and she was asked to not come back for a bogus reason.
I really want to punch this guy. Or at least ream him out. Actually, I'd love to sue his ass and kick him out of my dad's company. More than anything, I want to make him regret being such a terrible human being. I want to make him cry, but I can't. I don't have the means, the ability, or the stomach to be the person that could do that. So instead, I write and vent. And pray for guidance and assistance for my family. *sigh*