Her Manager Canceled the Approved Two-Week PTO She Requested So She Could Grieve and Finalize Things for Her Mom’s Funeral. They’re Threatening to Fire Her if She Left

This Redditor made sure that she gave her company ample time to prepare for her paid time off. Now that they’re taking it back, she’s confused and furious! What should she do?

A Mom’s Passing

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Around a month before this story was posted, OP’s (Original Poster) mom passed away. Immediately after she found out, she put in a request for two weeks of paid time off to her manager.

All Settled

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Her manager approved her request through the program their company uses to put in time off requests. So far, everything was settled, and she had everything she needed to take care of things.

Valuable and Much-Needed Time Off

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OP needed this time to go out of town. Because of this, all of her “funeral plans” were based on her two weeks off.

She also made this part of her plans clear to her manager so there would be no misunderstandings.

Unexpected Meeting

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However, the day before this story was posted, OP was called into her manager’s office during her shift. When she arrived, she was informed that they “canceled” her two weeks off because they were “understaffed.”

There’s Just No Way!

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OP was absolutely shocked at this development. The first thing she did was to ask why her manager didn’t inform her about the news earlier.

It’s Not for Rest and Relaxation!

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She argued her case, explaining that she “needed” these two weeks for her family. However, her manager just gave OP the “whole manager bulls***” tone and said, “I understand that, but we need you to understand this too.”

Shifting the Blame to Others

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Understandably, OP got “extremely angry” sitting there while listening to her “go on and on” about how she was just the “messenger.”

Her manager also told her that she should let her boss know if she had a complaint.

But It’s Your Job!

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Furious, OP snapped at her manager. She exclaimed, “Isn’t your job organizing these things so your employees can take time off for important things?”

Standing Her Ground

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Sadly, her manager just couldn’t admit she did something wrong.

OP wrote, “She continued with her corporate tone bulls***.”

Not Taking No for an Answer

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At this point, OP had had enough. So, she told her manager that she was done talking and she was leaving for the funeral, whether they found someone to fill in for her or not.

Manager’s Threats

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Unfortunately, OP’s manager still didn’t back down.

OP shared, “She said, ‘That’s all good and well, but if you take off unapproved time, then we’ll have to let you go.’”

Holding Her Head up High

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Though it was a shock, OP didn’t let her manager’s words get to her; she wouldn’t allow anyone to step on her.

So, she just said it was fine and walked out of her office.

It’s Unbelievable

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OP’s just shell-shocked about what had just transpired.

She wrote, “What the f***? It was f****** approved, and when I checked the program, she somehow removed the status where she approved it. Wow. I don’t know what to do. This job pays well compared to other ones, but I’m f*****.”

Redditors’ Two Cents

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Sadly, it seems OP’s experience isn’t the odd one out. Some Redditors even shared similar experiences they had with bad employers.

A top commenter shared, “I had a coworker ask for two days off for her dad’s funeral, and our boss denied the leave due to a staffing shortage. We went around her and covered her shifts for the entire week—despite the supposed ‘shortage.’ She quit right after, and we fully supported her. The rest of us quit soon after.”

Another Redditor pointed out, “Imagine being such a loser that someone you work with is like, ‘My dad died. I have a funeral to go to for two days.’ And you’re like, ‘Ugh, losing a parent is awful; know what’s worse? When lines are slightly longer than normal at the bank we work at.’”

What a Horrible Manager!

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Some users were in a similar position as OP’s boss and couldn’t fathom how badly her manager acted.

One person wrote, “As a manager, this line of thinking baffles me. You take care of your good employees. It’s not like OP is going on a vacation. Their mother died; you have to let them take that leave. And if you’re a good manager, you’ll roll up your sleeves and help out while they’re gone if you are that short-staffed.”

What would you do if you were in OP’s shoes? Should she just quit?

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