A TikToker with the username @hachikc went viral after sharing her experience working in a cafe for two weeks. In a video she says it was hired as a baristabut then he was asked to perform non-barista tasks such as marinating and cooking chicken.
In one stitch of the viral clip, she says that not only was she fired from her position, but she said that the reason management told her they were letting her go was because the store would be closing for the month of August. However, she found out that she was not like that after receiving a call from a customer asking where she was. That’s when she found out that the cafe wasn’t actually closing, and that she would finally be replaced by someone else.
What’s worse is that she claims the company hasn’t returned her messages after she kept asking if she was paid for the two weeks she worked.
@hachikc #stitch with @hachikc LMFAOOO turn the tables guys hire me pay me please xxxxx #fyp ♬ original sound – hashi
In the original viral clip, the TikToker looks at the camera while standing in front of a stove. On the stove is a pan of what appears to be open chicken breasts. She writes in a text overlay on the clip: “POV, you applied for a job as a barista, but are forced to marinate and cook chicken.”
The video then cuts to the stitch of the new clip where she speaks to the camera.
“I got fired,” says the TikToker. “Yes, I am fired as of this moment. So they told me that they were going to close for the rest of August and since I’m going on vacation at the end of August they thought about terminating my contract. And I was thinking OK, whatever, great. The story changes, a client called me and asked me why you are not in the cafe? It was like they literally fired me because they said they were closing. Turns out they’re not closing, they hired someone else and replaced me and used me for two weeks.”
Then he says that the story gets worse.
“Not only that, but I was supposed to get paid two days ago and they haven’t even sent me a pay stub and when I messaged the boss they’ve been ignoring me,” she says.
TikTok users who saw her post suggested she contact ACAS, Britain’s Advice, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. In your website, the organization says they “work with millions of employers and employees each year to improve relationships in the workplace. We are an independent public body that receives funding from the government.”
The creator was also told by many people that she could have a case for wrongful termination by her employer and there are clear stipulations listed in the UK government website for wrongful termination, which states that an employer could be in trouble if they don’t “have a good reason to terminate” an employee. If you have records from your employer showing that they essentially lied to you about why he was fired and you were not given adequate notice, then you may be able to make a valid wrongful termination claim based on this clause alone.
Additionally, if the company failed to comply with a “formal disciplinary or dismissal process” in firing the Tiktoker and cannot prove that it did so, it could also have a case against the coffee shop. Although the government’s appeal indicates that this process is defined by the company itself, it could be difficult to sell in a formal investigation into the young woman’s situation that the cafe’s “dismissal process” includes lying to employees about closing the store. .
The TikToker wrote in the comments section of the post: “I really should, I think I’m going to open a wrongful termination claim. There was no notification, it was the day of the dismissal.”
“Girl I would sue if that happened that is daylight robbery,” another user wrote.
“Unfortunately in England and Wales you can be made redundant for any reason within 2 years of employment,” advised another.
“This would fall under wrongful termination and could probably sue,” one user repeated.
“Lawyer, girls, illegal dismissal, they did not want to pay you the dismissal,” said another.
There have been some cases in the UK where employees have won against their former employers for wrongful dismissal cases. money marketing reported in February 2022 that Jill Reid, who worked for Gilmour Quinn’s financial planning, was able to get $23,631.95 (£19,500) for being fired in bad faith on January 25, 2019.
The court ruled that Reid was victimized, intimidated and harassed by company directors. His case had been delayed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and he had other charges as part of his claim, namely sex discrimination and equal pay, but he dropped them.
He was denounced in 2016 by Redmans.es that Sekander v Rocketmill LTD also saw a favorable ruling for an employee and that the company terminated him for “serious misconduct”, although it contained valid concerns, it also did not justify the main complaint of the company, which was a loss of income, as directly attributed to the claimant.
The Daily Dot has reached out to the creator for further comment via a TikTok comment.
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*First published: August 8, 2022, 9:18 am CDT
Jack Alban is a freelance journalist for the Daily Dot who covers human interest trends/social media stories and the reactions real people have to them. He always seeks to incorporate evidence-based studies, current events, and pertinent facts into these stories to create his not-so-average viral post.