Employee documents are fired via Zoom

A staffer took to TikTok to share how she was fired over Zoom, claiming that she was not given the psychiatric care she needed in the run-up to her firing.

The video comes from TikTok creator Micki Cullifer, @dietcokeginger. Since it was shared on the platform on Tuesday afternoon, the video has attracted more than 2.5 million views in less than 24 hours.

In the clip, Cullifer joins a Zoom that includes a supervisor and a human resources rep at a company she refers to as EquipmentShare.

There is a national company by that name based in Columbia, Missouri. According to its website, the company’s mission is “to provide the construction industry with tools that enable significant increases in productivity. Together with our team and our customers, we are building the future of construction.”

The creator began the video by announcing, “Oh yeah, I’m totally fired” at the camera, before embarking on the Zoom call. After a round of greetings, the EquipmentShare rep got to the heart of the call – to “get together and discuss a few things and as a follow up to last week when we discussed some performance issues last Tuesday”.

The employer noted, “We have reviewed several phone calls and emails from late last week”, described as “very alarming” and not in line with “values ​​of providing great customer service which we strive to do in our department”.

@dietcokeginger Reply to @jeninminn and watch me get fired for zoom. This company is toxic. They refused to work with my mental health shelters so they decided my work wasn’t good enough now which was a total lie #c#corporatelifeg#gettingfiredt#toxicworkplacet#toxicm#mentalhealthe#employmentlaww#workaccommadationsc#corporategirl ♬ Original sound – dietcokeginger

As the call continued, the creator responded with captions, questioning the term “alarming” and calling the claims of poor customer service “completely untrue.” Cullifer also noted that she struggled to do well and read signs that the company might fire her.

Additionally, she explained via an on-screen caption that her mental health needs were not being met.

“I’ve been asking for mental health housing for months and they have refused to give it to me,” she wrote.

Then comes the layoff, and EquipmentShare arranges for their things to be packed up for a Friday pickup and tells them to return the company gear by that time. Due to the snow in the area, the company reps wanted to wait until Friday for the exchange and when they got to the office they found that they should just use “one of those disabled parking spots” in front of the building to accommodate the exchange.

After leaving Zoom, the creator begins typing, noting in an onscreen caption that she writes to a work friend through Slack before her employer disables access to that platform.

In the caption to TikTok, the creator wrote, “This company is toxic. They refused to work with my mental health shelters. So they decided my work wasn’t good enough now, which was a total lie.”

In a follow-up video in which she answered commenters’ questions, Cullifer explained that because of what she described as anxiety- and depression-related panic attacks, the shelter she requested was to be on days when the panic attacks were particularly severe were bad at working from home.

She noted that her employers referred to these panic attacks as “relapses.”

“It’s not eczema,” cracked the creator. “It’s a disability.”

@dietcokeginger Replies to @sheepbones90 and answers your questions about layoff #corporatelife #gettingfired #toxicworkplace #toxic #mentalhealth #employmentlaw #workaccommadations #corporategirl ♬ For the damaged coda – Blonde Redhead

Commenters on the original video had advice for the creator, including one who claimed, “If you’ve asked for accommodation and they haven’t gone through the interactive process with you, you can sue.”

Another offered: “File a claim with ADA. It’s a federal agency.” Another user suggested, “File a complaint with the EEOC for failing to make the required accommodations,” adding, “I did.”

Others just wished the Creator well and offered platitudes along the lines of “good liberation,” with a comment, “Just take it as the universe pushing you in a better direction.”

The Daily Dot has reached out to both Cullifer and EquipmentShare for comment.


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*Initial publication: January 25, 2023 1:02 pm CST

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