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My Boss Told Me That I Am Not Allowed To Say "Merry Christmas" To Our Customers (Is This Legal?)
Why Can't I Say Merry Christmas At Work?
I Can Say "Merry Christmas" If I Want ...Can't I?
I received an email from my boss stating that I was not allowed to say “Merry Christmas”to our clients. The letter went on to say that they did not want to offend our customers however, it is acceptable to say “Happy Holidays.”
Of course I had a problem with this memo so I took my complaint to my boss, in which she responded rather coldly. With no questions asked my boss told me that if I wanted to keep my job I should follow the rules of our company.
I am so fed up with the company that I work for! I work with people who swear on a daily basis, gossip on company time, and take extremely long cigarette breaks, and my boss does nothing about the situation. My boss behaves like a reckless irresponsible Scrooge!
Not to mention that one of the ladies I work with dresses like a satanic cult leader, she wears black every single day, the woman is depressing to look at.
Yet, my supervisor allows this woman to dress like Morticia and light strange candles at her cubical. This woman could be conducting a séance, but nobody seems to care.
Yet, I'm the one in trouble for wishing my clients “Merry Christmas.”
I even got in trouble for humming a Christmas song! Can you believe that? I can’t even hum anymore!
I don't believe my company should be allowed to enforce anti Christmas rule. I wonder, is it legal for my boss to reprimand me for wishing my clients, “Merry Christmas?”
That Does It! I'm Taking You All To Court!
Does it Pay Off?
In some cases reported there are employees that have gotten fired from the work place for greeting their customers with “Merry Christmas” Some workers are deeply rooted in their belief and refuse to say “Happy Holidays”
Tonia Thomas from Pensacola Fla, claimed that she was fired for saying,” Merry Christmas” Ms. Thomas filed a federal complaint that accused the company of religious discrimination, asking for compensation of lost wages.
Thomas’s employer, disputed the claim saying that she was not fired for saying “Merry Christmas,” However they would not specify the true reason behind their actions.
In the end it does not pay off. Thomas found another job that did not pay as well as her former place of employment. Lawyers say, "The best option is just not to say anything at all."
how loud were you humming? Were you using your inside humming voice? I’m just asking because sometimes humming can get out hand.
Corporate lawyers say that your employer has the right to fire you. Some customers might not celebrate Christmas. This is a fair and unbiased reason. Your employer did state that you can say “Happy Holidays.” instead.
Sophie the truth of the matter is that you can’t control company rules. But you can control how you, conduct your personal life. Take honor in knowing what Christmas means to you, and hold that meaning dear to your heart. The key is to make sure that your joy is fully in tact. If your faith is challenged in a way that you must express your belief in an open forum you should acknowledge Christ, however to walk around voicing your belief like a clanging cymbal is not wise.
Who knows, maybe this year all of your clients will wish you a “Merry Christmas.”
1 Corinthians 13 New International Version (NIV)
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Bible verse source, Bible Gateway.
Interesting Fact About The Word X-Mas
Few may know about the orfin of the word X-Mas:
Xmas is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas The "-mas" part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass, while the "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός which comes into English as "Christ".