By Anonymous - United States - Cedar Park
Today, I worked 24 hours straight fixing my company's servers. After it was over, I breathed a huge sigh of relief and promptly fell asleep at my desk. My boss found me an hour later, refused to listen to me, and fired me for sleeping on the job. FML
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  Zebediabolical  |  39

Win or lose it's still a lose-lose situation. If you win many bosses will watch you very closely and fire you with cause the next time you do /anything/ wrong. If you lose you're 'That Dude' who files wrongful termination suits. And that can negatively impact your future employment possibilities. They say there's no blacklists anymore. But what a couple bosses say over scotches at the bar might as well be.

  Habu987  |  9

Nope. Plenty of jobs can require 24 hour stints on the clock, or there could be emergency situations and stuff like that. I have a normally 40 hour a week desk job and have had to pull a 24 hour stretch a few times fighting fires at work a few times in the last year.

  tjv3  |  10

Get a lawyer, and also file a complaint with the labor board. Since you worked so many hours straight and they didn't do anything to make sure you could rest it is a huge safety risk. If you would have driven home and fallen a sleep on the way and killed someone they would be liable. Now file a complaint and get a lawyer, get your shithead boss canned-
I'm a fellow Texan and an IT worker

By  Welshite  |  39

I personally don't think you could sue for wrongful termination. It was /wrong/ of the boss, certainly, but sleeping on the job is termination-worthy. Most self-respecting bosses would have been more understanding though. I don't think suing will work in this particular instance.

  monnanon  |  13

there is mitigating circumstances plus the fact that working for 24hrs straight is almoat certainly illegal unless OP signed some sort of paperwork with regards to emergency proceedures.

  ptoka  |  20

A wrongful termination suit in Texas won't get you anywhere. I don't see why Welshite is getting buried for the comment. Circumstances or not, in the state of Texas you can get fired at whim, with no reason at all.


Cause Texas fucking sucks.
Now watch me get down voted all to hell by every Texan on the planet.
What a shame it's not like racism where I can say I'm not racist no matter what because I have a black friend.

By  SWC_Penguin  |  17

Surely there is some kind of digital record of what you were doing for that time? Computers tend to remember stuff.

Ha! Who am I kidding? As if "proof" matters to people like that.

By  perdix  |  29

You painted yourself out of a job.

You need to pace your work so you don't get such extreme exhaustion. Hopefully you know a secret back door into the system so you can sabotage the shit out of it.

  j_729  |  18

He could have just gone home or at least walked out sleep in his car. I agree he shouldn't have been fired but I don't think sleeping at work is something you should do

  DougK76  |  11

Having been in the same situation (up 24+hrs fixing servers), sometimes your exhaustion level is to high to safely drive anywhere. I've been pulled over for driving to work with an insane schedule where I barely could sleep between shifts. Officer said "next time, call in late..."

  ChibiChibi_fml  |  27

From the way the fml is worded I don't think the OP had a choice in whether they fell asleep or not. I think it just happened. I go through that sometimes where I'll be sitting at my computer doing something and then all the sudden I'm waking up, half an hour or more has gone by and I don't even remember feeling that tired. The Op worked for 24 hours straight and was awake for who knows how long before that, he/she may have gone through a similar experience.