She Told Her Manager About Her Colleague’s New Adult Entertainment Business, And Her Boss Fired The Colleague – Is This All Her Fault?

A 30-year-old woman known as ‘J’ worked for a well-known advisory firm. She recently found herself embroiled in a workplace controversy involving her co-worker, ‘T’, a woman in her mid-20s. 

Adult Entertainment

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During a lunchtime discussion at work, T had recently shared with J and other colleagues that she had begun a new business venture into the world of adult entertainment. 

An Unwanted Proposition

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During the lunch conversation, T enthusiastically promoted her new side hustle, emphasizing the idea of financial independence and autonomy. She encouraged her colleagues, including J, to consider similar paths. However, J politely declined, explaining that it wasn’t something she was interested in pursuing.

A Confrontational Response

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T, however, took offense to J’s refusal and questioned her reasons. J explained her response: “I shrugged. I said it’s just not something I’d like to do. It’s like asking me if I’d like to become an actress or a doctor, neither appeals to me.”

Continued Confrontation

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However, J’s response was still not satisfactory to T. “What, do you think you’re better than me?” T angrily asked. J clarified that she didn’t consider herself better than her at all, but that she just was not inclined to engage in adult entertainment as a career.

A Heated Exchange

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T became increasingly defensive, arguing that J was content to toil away for a boss and earn meager wages due to “dignity.” She insinuated that J might eventually have to explain to her children why they were financially disadvantaged. J, however, was financially secure and able to provide for her two children.

The Incident Escalates

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One of J’s colleagues in a higher managerial position overheard the exchange and inquired about what had transpired. J explained the situation to her, considering T’s open discussion about her adult entertainment venture.

An Unforeseen Consequence

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Around a week later, J noticed that T was conspicuously absent from work. One of T’s lunchtime acquaintances confronted J, suggesting that she must have been awfully pleased with herself. When J inquired why, the colleague accused her of reporting T’s side hustle to their boss to get her fired.

Investigation and Dismissal

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J felt taken aback but realized she had mentioned the adult entertainment conversation to her colleague that day. Seeking clarity, she approached her colleague, who revealed that she had decided to investigate T’s social media profiles, which prominently featured risqué photos promoting her adult entertainment business.

Social Media Troubles

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As the conversation continued, it turned out that T had openly connected her social media to the workplace, and it reflected negatively on the company. Consequently, J’s manager reported the situation, leading to T’s dismissal following a meeting.

Facing Accusations

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J now found herself at the center of a workplace controversy. T’s friends labeled her an antagonist, accusing her of being jealous of T and shaming her. However, her colleague, the one who had reported T, reassured her that only T’s actions had warranted the consequences.

Seeking Advice

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With the weight of the situation on her shoulders, J sought advice online. She wondered whether she had acted justifiably, or if she had crossed a line by discussing T’s adult entertainment business, leading to her dismissal. She was torn between her sense of responsibility and the accusations of her co-worker’s friends.

The Internet’s Verdict 

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Comments came through rapidly, most of which defended J’s conscience. “She got herself fired, plain and simple”, one reader replied. “Linking her social media accounts to the company also means she would have been found out sooner or later anyway.”

T Set Herself Up

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The opinion that T being fired was her own fault was widespread. “She set herself up by talking so openly about it”, another commenter wrote. “Your colleague overheard her and asked, you didn’t go gossiping about it.”

Establishing Financial Freedom

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In a rather humorous comment, one reader drew upon something that T had said at the beginning of the story: “It actually works out great, though. T doesn’t have to toll her life away at a desk job earning peanuts. Your firm has freed T of something T hates. It’s a happy ending.”

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