Announcing THE WORST EMPLOYER OF 2018

By: Jon Hyman

December 19, 2018

The day has finally arrived. It’s time to announce the Worst Employer of 2018.

To remind you, we had four finalists in contention for this … (dis)honor:

  • The Murdering Manager — company owner hires two men to rough-up a handyman who was not doing his job, and they accidentally kill him.
  • The Sexist, Racist, Xenophobic, Oh My! — plant manager calls foreign-born employees "terrorists" and women "bitches," and tells the only black employee that her husband should work in a cotton field with a rope around his neck.
  • The Supervisor Supremacist — supervisor begins morning staff meetings by saying "White Power" and giving the Nazi salute; when African-American employee complains, he finds himself hanged in effigy.
  • The Tasering Torturer — company owner disciplines employee by threatening to kill him, lighting fires near him, and repeatedly shocking him with a taser.
The final vote wasn't close. The winner tallied an astounding 62% of all first place votes.

The Worst Employer of 2018 is…

 
The Murdering Manager
 
I love it when a local boy makes good. This story came from my own backyard, right here in Northeast Ohio. In fact, the top two were both Ohio employers. (Next year, Buckeye State, let's not try quite so hard.) Rounding out the finalists are The Sexist, Racist, Xenophobic, Oh My! in third place, and the The Supervisor Supremacist in fourth.
 
What did we learn? That murder bests torture, and they both top harassment of any variety. 
 
This brings 2018's contest to a close. I hope everyone had a little fun, and learned something along the way.
 
The contest has already resumed for the Worst Employer of 2019 — Our first nominee, The Philandering Pharmacist (thankfully not from Ohio), has already set a pretty high bar.
 
This post originally appeared on the Ohio Employer's Law Blog, and was written by Jon Hyman, Partner, Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis. Jon can be reached at via email at jhyman@meyersroman.com, via telephone at 216-831-0042, on LinkedIn, and on Twitter.