A woman on TikTok claims her boss told her to retrospectively cut her employees’ pay without notice, so she quit her job. Her story ignited on the platform, garnering over 190,000 views. Users support her and some even suggest that she take legal action.
User @pancakewitsyruptraps’ first video begins with a suggestion. “If you’ve ever wanted to quit a job in the glamor of fame,” she says, “I did today.”
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Two weeks earlier, she says, she received a threatening message from her former employer.
He allegedly demanded that she not only cut employees’ pay but also deduct it from their last paycheck, without warning them. If she refused, she would be fired.
User @pancakewitsyruptrap notes that the business was currently profitable with “a fairly large amount on the bottom line.”
She tried in vain to reason with him. The savings would be insignificant, she argues, compared to the drastic damage it would do to employees. He said he didn’t want to hear it.
So one night she drove into the office and cleaned out her desk. The next morning, she came in to brief her staff on the alleged ultimatum. She wanted them to know “that’s the kind of person they work for.”
“I can’t believe we still have people like this out here in 2022,” she says. “It’s not okay to take money from hard-working people just because you want to earn more. You are a millionaire and you want to earn more.”
The TikToker ends the video with a warning to workers everywhere.
“It’s the big resignation, all of you,” she says, referring to the nearly 40 million people who have left their jobs in 2021. “Work for someone who appreciates you and isn’t a complete scumbag.”
Users were impressed by @pancakewitsyruptrap’s strength and said she did the right thing to resist attempts to cut employee salaries.
“That kind of integrity is hard to find these days. I hope she wins the Powerball or something, she deserves it,” wrote one viewer.
Many urged that she take legal action against her former employer.
“Sounds like a lawsuit for illegal activities. A retrospective pay cut is wage theft and you would easily win this lawsuit,” said one user.
“Keep the receipts, call the Department of Labor,” added another.
The Daily Dot reached out to @pancakewitsyruptrap via Instagram message.
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*Initial publication: June 5, 2022 at 11:38 am CDT
Dan Latu is a freelance journalist writing about the internet and culture. His work has previously appeared in The Real Deal and The Columbia News Service.
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