This boss barked up the wrong tree. Got to hand it to this guy for his heroic level of patience when it came to toughing it out, and biding his time for the ultimate pro revenge. Sounds like a great six months was enjoyed by the employee after they were fired. Would be pretty nice to get paid over $32K for doing nothing, by the very boss that thought they could fire you amidst all their HR violations, and never pay the price for it.
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