I refused a disciplinary at work and said they could fire me – they haven’t’

A woman said that she was called into the office and told to sign a form about her poor performance at work, but she refused and told them they could fire her if they wanted

A woman who was once a manager but re-entered the workforce at a later stage has shared her employment advice – saying you don’t need to accept a disciplinary if you don’t want to.

Sharing her story anonymously, the woman said that she had abandoned her career to be a stay at home mum and when her kids grew up she got a low paid job at a local shop.

One day while in her new job she was taken aside by her manager and told she wasn’t a team player, and was asked to sign a form regarding the disciplinary – but she refused.

She told her employer she disagreed and that they needed her more than she needed them – so they forgot about the matter and didn’t discipline her further.

Sharing her story on Reddit, the woman said: “They wanted me to sign a paper acknowledging that my behaviour was unacceptable.

“I told my manager, ‘you need me, I don’t need you. In my previous position in management I learned it will cost your store an average of £10k to hire and train a replacement.”

The woman went on to say to her employer: “No, I won’t sign this, feel free to fire me. There are 10 stores within a mile that are also offering walk-in interviews. So, no, I won’t sign this. You can accept that or replace me and I really don’t care if you mark me as not eligible for rehire, I’ll just leave you off my resume and do just fine.”

She said that despite the ultimatum, she was still employed and now her boss is acting like nothing happened.

She added: “Still have a job three days later and everyone is acting like nothing happened, but some people are saying I am being an a*e because the management is also struggling because they are short-staffed.”

After sharing her story online, other Reddit users were quick to thank the woman for her advice – and reassure her that she did nothing wrong.

One said: “Management is struggling, and that’s their problem. Their struggles with doing their job are not your problems to solve. Your problem is to do what you were hired to do, and collect your paycheck.

“Do you think management would care if you were struggling? What would they do if you were? I can tell you. They would fire you.”

While another said: “They think they can treat you like s**t, and you called their bluff. What was their reaction when you said all that to them? That’s the best part!”

And a third wrote: “Good for you that you stood up for yourself.”