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#1 Hum

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 00:07

A top salesman at Lacoste claims he was fired for posting a photo of his paycheck to Instagram, Gothamist reports.

While working at the clothing company’s flagship store in New York City, Wade Groom says he became the brand’s top seller in the United States. Still, he says in the Gothamist story, his $15-an-hour salary and 3 percent commission wasn’t enough to support his family.

“I was making as much as $1,500 a week selling shirts, but I’m not able to give my kids a better life, even if I’m working my butt off,” Groom told Gothamist. “I’ve got twins that are four years old, and I don’t make enough money to save any. This is what we accept in New York City.”

Groom, who lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children, posted the image of his paycheck a few weeks ago. On July 31, his manager took him off the floor for a fateful conference call.

“The bossman called me downstairs and told me to get on a conference call with an HR manager,” Groom said. “The HR manager told me that the image somehow got back to the corporate office, and that it infringes our confidentiality agreement, and that I was fired.”

According to Groom, that possibility never even occurred to him when he posted the photo.

“I assumed that people would understand that I’m just expressing my frustration through my private Instagram account,” he said. “A stern warning would have been more appropriate.”

 

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#2 SpeedyTheSnail

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 00:12

Freedom of speech doesn't apply now a day.

 

Edit: On another note  I wish I could make $1500/week selling shirts. I made around $1500/month in the military.



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 00:14

That's the price you pay for living in NYC. It's expensive as hell.



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 00:22

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 00:30

Freedom of speech doesn't apply now a day.

 

 

 

 

In terms of dealing with a private company, no it does not apply. Freedom of speech is from protection from gov, not from private companies. 



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 00:42

Freedom of speech doesn't apply now a day.


Yes, yes, but does it apply nowadays?

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 00:46

How much would you take home on an annual salary of $78,000?



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 00:50

^ Depends on dependents, deductions you claim.

 

Maybe $55,000 if you are lucky.



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 01:34

$1500 a week isn't bad pay, but I guess the cost of living in NY is just too high for it to amount to much.

 

Edit: On another note  I wish I could make $1500/week selling shirts. I made around $1500/month in the military.

Was that just your base pay or estimated regular compensation? With BAH and BAS the lowest average regular compensation (that is, the estimated amount you would have to earn in a civilian job to balance out base pay + compensations, for those who do not know) is currently around $3000 monthly, and that's at the lowest rank in your first year.



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 01:41

I thought everyone knew that paychecks were confidential. That's the first thing we tell all new employees. Discussing pay can get you fired in a hurry.



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 01:55

^ I remember how some government workers loved to gossip and complain about what the other guy was making. :rolleyes:



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 02:10

I'm impressed with the $900.00 he makes at 3% commission... man must be a go getter...

 

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#13 mudslag

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 02:13

I thought everyone knew that paychecks were confidential. That's the first thing we tell all new employees. Discussing pay can get you fired in a hurry.

 

 

Companies may like them to be confidential but if someone wants to make known their pay, its up to them. They just have to be smart about how they do it. This guy made it public in a very net public way and as such had to face the consequences. 



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 02:39

An American friend once saw me wearing a Lacoste jacket. The conversation went something like this:

 

American: eye-zod.

Me: ???

American: IZOD

Me: WTF?



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 02:57

I don't get what his issue with his paycheck was, he was a retail employee from the sounds of it and made $15 an hour. If he didn't think he was making enough he could of asked for a raise, found another sales position quite easily if he's as good as he thinks or gone to a different type of job that pays more.