July 18th, 2008
05:38 PM ET

Crummiest thing your boss ever did?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

15 million workers in this country say they have a bad boss. A new survey also shows that 36 percent say they feel pressure to stay with said bad boss because of the shaky economy.

So if you have a crummy boss, but the economy is in the toilet, what do you do? Nothing, because a job with a bad boss… is better than no job at all. That's not to say having to deal with some jerk 8 hours a day, 5 days a week is any fun, but unfortunately these days a lot of people are trapped.

In recognizing these workers' plight, an outfit called "Working America," which is part of the AFL-CIO, is running an annual contest to see who has the worst boss in America.

The contest runs through August 19th but they've already heard from plenty of people with horror stories. The group says one of the biggest complaints reported by more than one-third of those surveyed is getting time off for illnesses, deaths in the family or other issues.

One guy says his boss made him stay at work when he had an awful stomach bug – so the boss could leave early to play golf. He ended up keeping a trash can next to him so he didn't have to run to the bathroom when he got sick and could answer the phones. Other complaints include lazy bosses, mean bosses and clueless bosses. You tend to find many of these latter ones in Washington D.C.

But we're pretty sure they haven't heard about all the bad bosses. It's Friday, and that's where you come in.

Here’s my question to you: What’s the crummiest thing your boss ever did to you?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: The Workplace