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Do You Know the Baddest Boss in the Whole Damn Town?





Know a boss who's a nightmare to work for? If you have a bad boss story you'd like to share, you could win a well-deserved seven-night vacation in the My Bad Boss Contest this month. If your boss will give you the time off, that is.

Working America, a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, is looking for workers who are willing to rat out America's most horrendous honchos. All you have to do is submit a story in 500 words or less that explains why a current or former employer or supervisor qualifies as a bad boss.

All stories must be based on personal experience and conform to contest rules. You can't include the name of the company or other personal identifiers in the story.  And, unless you spill the beans, you won't have to worry about payback from a boss: all entrants are provided an alias that doesn't reveal their identity.

The bar has been set pretty high for being a bad boss. "My boss is a hard-core drunk ," NeedAJob from Michigan submitted. "He stays at home to micro-manage, starts drinking around noon, and will call the office at least 60 to 70 times in an afternoon. Most of the calls are repeats of the previous calls, because he's so drunk, he forgets he already called."

It's not much better for BJ in Wisconsin: "He had sex with my long-time lesbian lover and co-worker, then fired her and harassed me for three years with salary cuts, poor evaluations and verbal and emotional intimidation until we opened a feminist bookstore and I found a better job in a major hospital in a neighboring city," she submitted. "Success is the best revenge."

The Working America editorial team will edit and post stories that will be eligible for one of three grand prizes:  The People's Choice Grand Prize, the Staff Pick Grand Prize and the Most Shared Online Story Grand Prize awarded to the story that is most shared using the Bad Boss Facebook sharing tool.

Entries can be submitted through July 20.

Reach BusinessNewsDaily senior writer Ned Smith at nsmith@techmedianetwork.com. Follow him on Twitter @nedbsmith.


Ned Smith

Ned was senior writer at Sweeney Vesty, an international consulting firm, and was Vice President of communications for iQuest Analytics. Before that, he has been a web editor and managed the Internet and intranet sites for Citizens Communications. He began his journalism career as a police reporter with the Roanoke (Va.) Times, and was managing editor of American Way magazine and senior editor of Us. He was a Captain in the U.S. Air Force and has a masters in journalism from the University of Arizona.