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HR Employees Share The Most Hilarious And Ridiculous Complaints They've Received

If HR is doing their job, then they're keeping the moral compass of a company intact and on track. You hope that they're able to shut down all the BS and toxic behavior that crosses the line when it comes to what's acceptable in the workplace environment. This AskReddit thread has people that worked HR or took their complaint to HR, sharing what kind of circumstances inspired the decision. Buckle up. 


If you're looking for a little more workplace drama, we recommend checking out the story of this guy taking revenge on his coworker after they played dirty to ruin his promotion. Wonder what HR would have to say about that! 

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    HR complaint - Text - thetenofswords 11h My work has one men's toilet. Had one coworker complain that another guy kept using the bathroom before him, and doing big ol' poos. But the way he said it was like this guy knew when he was about to go, ninja'd in just before him, dropped a massive stinker and then forced the other guy to marinade in the smell when he went for a leak afterwards. We ended up adding a can of air freshener to the bathroom, and the next complaint that came in was the poo guy
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    HR complaint - Text - LibraryLuLu 8h I recently had HR tell me that one of my staff had been under supplied in his annual leave over the past few years, and he needed to take at least ten days off over the next six months to correct the leave liability. Paid at a higher rate than usual to make up for the error, of course. He could take a two week block or, say, a day off a week until he'd used the leave - his choice. He was so enraged over being given extra paid holidays that he wrote to our Gen
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    HR complaint - Text - anywherebutarizona 15h Hr Consultant for 10+ years. You won't believe the amount of times I've had to shut people down for trying to sell their pyramid scheme "side hustle" in the office.
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    HR complaint - Text - skittlesnwhiskey 11h Was once asked to investigate a sexual harassment situation where three different women were coming on to a male coworker throughout their shift. I took down the details, got the names, easy peasy investigation so I thought. A week later, nobody by these descriptions or names had ever worked for the company.I decided to talk to the gentleman again. After a lengthy conversation where things didn't quite stack up I asked him how these women communicated w
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    HR complaint - Text - steelie34 8h Not HR, but I have a story about an HR person that I will never forget. The company I worked for hired a new girl in the HR dept. She was young and very enthusiastic. I'm sure this was probably her first job out of college. Cut to a week later, and I'm riding in the elevator on the way up to the executive floor, and she steps in with me. A couple floors later we stop, and an older gentleman wearing a polo shirt and jeans gets on. Before I could greet him, she s
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    HR complaint - Text - upyourbumchum 9h 20 years in HR 2 female employees visited me to complain that their female team member didn't wear underwear under her work pants.
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    HR complaint - Text - tahituatara 13h S 1 Award I told my coworker as professionally as I could that it wasn't appropriate for her to be using her phone while at work, teaching kids (supposedly). She spent all her time on Facebook, little kids would be screaming and whaling on each other literally 10 feet away and she was totally oblivious She complained by email to HR that I was rude and confrontational. They pulled me aside and told me to be more careful about how I spoke to coworkers. I told
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    HR complaint - Text - rainbowLena 12h My partner is in HR. Someone took a shit on the job site. He was given a photo complete with measurements. The people that complained wanted DNA testing done. He's still not sure why they measured it.
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    HR complaint - Text - Alkalined13 15h An employee used very derogatory terms to make fun of a customer who was in the back of the store... while talking to the customer who was at the counter. Who happened to be the other customer's mother. Yikes.
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    HR complaint - Text - yankee-white 15h You wouldn't believe the headaches that I received when management signed a new copier/ printer lease which reduced the overall number of printers in exchange for centrally located multiplex copiers. Evidently, people feel their social standing is signified by if they have a printer (or two) in their office. My favorite was an Executive Assistant who stated that, because she wears heels to work she couldn't walk to the new copier and requested that a reason
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    HR complaint - Text - Adrift715 15h I worked in HR and payroll at a restaurant/hotel, we had 150 employees. Inevitably l'd get 5 or 6 phone calls from former staff members in mid April wondering where their tax information was. One former waitress called reaming me out because she couldn't file her "effing" taxes because of us and she needed her refund since she had "G damn" kids to feed. So I found a copy of her w2 which had been mailed to her in January at her previous previous previous addres
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    HR complaint - Text - igotmyliverpierced 16h I was the complainer. My buddy was dating a girl that worked in HR at my company. Their relationship starting was totally unrelated to me (they had gone to college together). He dumped her and she didn't take it well and started threatening my job since I was still friends with him. I lodged a complaint just through the main email (hrcomplaints at company dot com or whatever it was). My complaint was assigned to...guess who! I ended up having to indep
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    HR complaint - Text - GonnaBeTrulyHonest 15h Not HR but my company is too small to have one so it just falls on me. Used to have an A/R clerk who would snack at her desk all day long. We a pretty casual, laid back company so it's not a big deal as long as she was getting her work done. But, then it escalated to having food constantly being delivered; tacos in the morning, pizza at lunch, Chinese in the afternoon. It was bizarre, and made it difficult for her to work when she's eating full meals
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    HR complaint - Text - danetrain05 9h I worked in HR and my coworker hated me. She wanted someone else to get the job I did and she would complain about me to management for anything. The final straw for everyone was when I sneezed and she slammed her keyboard on her desk, basically ran out of the room and didn't come back for 30 minutes. Management called me in and said I was making too much noise. I told them I sneezed and they said she would complain about me every day so they didn't believe h
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    HR complaint - Text - ninjajedifox 9h We had a complaint that the toilet roll holders were to low in the stalls because when a guy was "taken a poo" his knees were hitting the holders. We then lifted all the stalls toilet roll holders 8 inches on whole company site so no knees would hit the toilet roll holders. No complaints since. HR working for the people!
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    HR complaint - Text - thefuzzybunnyl 7h My HR department once fell for a phishing email and sent everyone's W2s to a random hacker. HR then informed everyone via a mass email, with no read receipts, at 9 p.m. on a Friday...even though multiple people were on vacation and had left instructions to be called in an emergency. When I got back from my trip a week later and expressed my concern about her not actually notifying me about this, she totally brushed it off. Isaid "do you realize that I need
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    HR complaint - Text - Mixaroo 14h Not an HR employee, but I recently reported a bus driver for bringing his girl friend to work and rubbing her feet while driving. She sat on the spot right behind the driver and put her feet where he could reach for them with one hand. I took a picture of the whole thing and debated on what to do with it for a while. On the one side, I didn't want this guy to lose his job nor have to explain why he was rubbing his girlfriend's feet at work (imagine the awkwardne
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    HR complaint - Text - tapiocatsar 6h Had a lot of people ask for more hours, I would tell them "I don't have more hours in your department but I can give you hours in x department", next schedule would come out and they would say "I have too many hours!" So I would give them like 10 fewer hours with still 15-25 hours, and then it would be "I don't have enough hours!" So then I would say "okay, remember that week when I gave you 30-35 hours and that was too much?" And they would say "I want 35 ho
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    HR complaint - Text - mdg_roberts1 7h She came in with a complaint that she tried to give one of the younger guys a hug and he refused. His story was that he basically had to run away. I had to explain to a middle age woman that it was not her right to hug people who didn't want to be hugged. She still didn't get it and left thinking she was still in the right.
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    HR complaint - Text - dancingfruit 12h I was the one being complained about A patient had asked if it was okay to remove her IV fluids cos she was going home. She was one of those people who was very convinced that if we took her fluids out, she would die. (She was admitted for the common cold, and uses her insurance to pay like this so she didn't have to spend a dime.) Anyway, I told her that it's okay ma'am, we're just running 'regular saline water' through your IV. No more meds. You can go ho
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    HR complaint - Text - shreddingsolo 7h From wife as she has worked HR for 17 years. She is more on the legal side of HR for a huge national grocery chain. Employee gets written up for disappearing during shift. Manager and supervisors call him multiple times. Employee returns 30 mins later like nothing happened. Did not have a valid excuse like I was outside with a customer or whatever...they looked too. He files a union grievance and complaint. Union schedules an arbitration hearing at their of
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    HR complaint - Text - hymie0 8h I don't know if this story fits, but l'll tell it anyway. I went to HR once to complain that my manager refused to give me a couple of vacation days. The HR lady reminded me about the boilerplate rule "vacation time must be mutually acceptable the employee and the company." I then pulled out six more vacation requests that had all been denied, including one that was denied - in writing -- for a reason that was not permitted. I asked her if the company is allowed t
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    HR complaint - Text - BunnyBunny13 7h She wanted to lodge a complaint against a colleague who had a new TV delivered to the office instead of home, and she thought her colleague's spending money on the TV was irresponsible.
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