I was working as the front-office manager in a medium-sized hotel that was part of a large, national chain. The hotel was too small for a human resources department, and when I arrived at work one morning after having a couple of days off, the general manager told me he had fired David, one of my best bellmen.
He said that he had sent David into a banquet room to vacuum the floors after a function, and when he checked his work, he found debris left on the floor, so he fired him on the spot. I was shocked. David was a super nice guy, very polite, and very diligent. He always completed his work on time and up to standards. I knew that this GM had it in for David for some reason and was just looking for a way to get rid of him.
The worst part was that David filed for unemployment, and the GM made me go to the unemployment office hearing to dispute David’s claim. There were no write-ups, no past instances of improper behavior nothing. I was embarrassed to even be there, since I truly felt David deserved to collect the unemployment check. Needless to say, David won his unemployment dispute with our hotel and was awarded full benefits. What a waste!