Internet Backs Woman Who Had Man Fired for Telling Her Toddler to ‘Shut Up’

A female boss who was forced to bring her toddler into work has been resoundingly backed online after a male employee was let go for effectively telling her child to « shut up. »

In a post shared to Reddit’s ever-readable « Am I The A**hole » subreddit, a user posting under the handle ManVsDino explained the circumstances behind the worker’s firing.

Writing under the title « AITA for getting a man fired for telling my toddler to shut up? » the woman explained that she owns a company with two friends from college – and she co-parents a four-year-old daughter with one of them.

Recently she found herself in a tight spot after her daughter’s dad, « Mike », got into a car accident while the company’s other owner, « Eric », was out of town. « My nanny is on holiday break, so it’s me taking care of my daughter and trying to run a company, » she explained.

Due to Mike’s accident, she was required to take the lead on a project he was working on, which required her to go into the office with her toddler. It proved tricky to say the least.

« My daughter is already upset because she knows her dad is hurt, » she said. « Getting her loaded into the car to go into the office was messy. She refused to wear matching boots and is in an elf outfit. »

She said the whole time they were in the car, her daughter was « crying and upset. » Things got worse once they were in the office after her daughter realized she had « left her dinosaur in the car. »

« My kiddo will not stop crying because Sara (the dinosaur) is in the car alone, and Sara might not be able to breathe, » she explained.

Already « mortified » at what is going on and desperate to get her daughter home, the situation then took a shocking twist when a worker at her company walked by and told to « shut my kid up » adding « this is an office, not a daycare. »

The woman, understandably, saw red, telling the man: « This wouldn’t be his job if it weren’t for this child’s father or me, and he could be the one to shut up or find a new job. »

Another colleague, called Adam, intervened but the disgruntled worker refused to back down, telling Adam « he’s trying to work » and her daughter « won’t shut up. »

He then told Adam he needed to get her « out of the office. » « I’m like this is my office, and if you don’t like it, you can leave, » she wrote.

Other Sexist Remarks

At this point, he returned to his desk, while the woman decided to leave, with Adam promising her he would « handle it. » It later emerged that the man was fired for « insubordination » not only over the exchange but also for some « sexist remarks about women in business. »

Despite the severity of the fallout, the woman felt no qualms about what had unfolded. « The man was rude, and to be honest, no matter who I was, shouldn’t be telling a child to shut up, » she wrote.

The people of Reddit had little sympathy for the worker’s plight. « You don’t go stomping up to a stranger to tell them to ‘shut their kid up,' » CodeVerity wrote. « If you don’t know them, then you should quietly (and privately) speak to a higher up because you never know who you’re talking to or about! »

Electrical-Date-3951 commented: « I think anyone of us would have silently been pissed if we were trying to work and there was a crying kid in the office. The difference is, we would have kept our mouths shut, especially if we didn’t know the circumstances. »

Pandoraclove, meanwhile, said the man’s response was indicative of something else. « Some sexism is so entrenched, that the people who practice it honestly cannot imagine a woman being an executive, manager, anything other than a nanny or a maid, and if they are dealing with children, that demotes them even more in terms of their value in society, » they wrote.

Despite efforts to change working cultures, sexism and discrimination are still issues faced by many female bosses. According to the Young Women’s Trust, a third of female bosses say sexist behavior still exists in their organization.

Tarilyn13 argued there was a constructive way for the man to deal with the issue – he just chose not to do it. « Personally, I would have talked to whoever my boss was, and told that person I couldn’t concentrate on my work because of the kid, » they said. « Maybe I could have taken a break or something. »

Newsweek has contacted the original poster for comment.

A file photo of a working mom. A woman has earned the backing of the internet after she detailed how she had an employee fired after he was rude to her child.
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