Oh my friend Google News has many hot topics today but nothing as exciting as the one where one of Obama’s secret service team members allegedly sought out a prostitute in Columbia. A CBS news story, “Secret Service Supervisor in Prostitute Scandal” jumped right off the page as soon as I clicked on the Google News tab!
According to the report, President Obama is in Cartagena Columbia and “is visiting for the Summit of the Americas.”
Seems everywhere the Prez goes, the Counter Terror Assault (CAT) team goes. You know these folks, they are sent out prior to a Presidential visit to ensure all is well, safe and no idiot will try to shoot at our President. It’s a long and enduring process from what I hear and once a plan is set, there are generally no deviations from that plan. Well, except for this tiny deviation.
One member of the CAT team apparently solicited a prostitute while there and I’m not sure that’s on the scheduled list of things to do!
This is my favorite part of the CBS news story:
“A source in the Secret Services tells CBS News that one or more of the officers were involved with prostitutes and that there was a dispute over payment. One prostitute when to the police, who notified the State Department.”
Big job mistake here!
Are You Guilty?
Everyone makes mistakes, at work and at play. But if you make mistake after mistake, how well will you be perceived at the office or by your co-workers? I wonder if these CAT guys think their behavior was “cool” or that they will be “looked up to” by fellow agents. I hope not.
There are little errors we make at work and then there are the biggies. The ones that could result in you losing a job or ones so bad, they place the company at risk for lawsuits. I think employers are guiltier than employees here and I’ll tell you why.
I won’t name the organization here or even what they do, but there is one company in the city where I live where managers and supervisors—even the owner—will be in serious trouble from their mistakes if they don’t change ASAP!
What are their mistakes? They create a hostile working environment on a daily basis and everyone is included. They don’t play favorites. I wondered how they get away with this and then read an article by an attorney who basically said, if a hostile work environment is across the board, meaning all are treat the same way, that’s not considered a hostile work environment. Really? I still think this company is heading for big problems.
Another company in the city where I live is apparently still in the Stone Age as they instruct employees each day to mark their bathroom breaks on a calendar and yep—you guessed it, if they don’t take the break or if they need to go (literally) and do and it’s not break time, they’re written up for leaving their post. Is this for real? I’m a mother and if you’re a woman and have given birth, your bladder tells you when to go, not some schedule. Boo to these idiots.
Last on my mistake list of employers are those male-oriented firms that still think it is okay to call women “sweetie” or “honey.” First off, if I worked at one of these places, I’d tell these guys right off, “I’m not your sweetie and I’m not your honey!” Still many women endure this practice, especially in these days of high unemployment. Who can afford to lose a job?
Employers Are Taking Advantage
In my opinion, many business owners and employers are taking advantage of their employees. They can and do so because of the high unemployment rate. People are afraid of losing their jobs so they put up with the bad stuff, the ass-ripping, unfair pay and the excessive hours they’re asked to work.
Employers are confident they are holding the puppet strings for every employee and if one steps out of line—out the door they go—and they’re getting away with it.
I often wonder why more people don’t complain? Why don’t workers report businesses that break labor laws to the EEOC or state Department of Labor offices? Why do they just endure the abuse day after day?
I guess some readers here might say, “Hey you aren’t in the situation so you know nothing of which you speak!” (or write).
Perhaps, but a word of advice to unfair labor practices—this is a big mistake and if you’re guilty, expect the roof to come tumbling down. I’ll tell you how it will start too. After you fire employees one after the other for absolutely no reason and then go to replace them, you’ll start to notice a pattern. NO ONE WANTS TO WORK FOR YOU.
Why? Your attitude and work environment are on the street and prospective job seekers know you don’t treat employees fairly.
If the resumes you receive are dwindling, it’s time to revisit your policies—and fast!