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By Anonymous - / Tuesday 23 February 2016 03:14 / United States - Rancho Cucamonga
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I'll go with all your friends/family planned a vacation someplace OP could really care less about but everyone else is really excited to go and OP doesn't want to mess it up for them.

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I don't know about you, but if I was planning a holiday for my family and friends I'd rather they not come at all if they were going to be resentful or miserable about it!

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Perhaps OP is a minor, and her parents forced her to come along? I know where I live you can get a job starting at 15 (and in other places as young as 14), so it's not too unbelievable that someone under 18 might be in line for a small promotion.

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Some workplaces force their employees into vacation if they have too many vacation days piled up. I worked at one place where you could cash in days you didn't use, but not every employer wants to be out money; they'd rather just be out the man hours for however long the person is on forced vacation.

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Why would HR get involved? If you are being considered for a promotion, you don't just ask for a bunch of time off in the middle of the process. Of course that would get you out of the running for the job. If I was the boss, I would take it as them not caring about the promotion and them not taking it seriously, so I would give it to the runner up who stayed behind. It looks like OP doesn't care from the boss's eyes.

I take it your vacation was approved in advance? If so, is it legal to do that? I once had my boss tell me I wasn't getting a promotion I deserved solely because I was pregnant. I should have fought it but I didn't know that was illegal at the time.

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