The 13th Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Hire-to-Harm Manager
It's generally considered poor employee management to allegedly attempt to motivate employees by causing them serious physical harm.
Today’s post is a lesson in how not manage a poor performing employee.
Believe it or not, it’s generally considered poor employee management to attempt to motivate employees by causing them serious physical harm. It’s even worse when that serious physical harm results in an employee’s death.
A Solon man who hired a handyman to do some yard work around an Elyria convenience store is accused of conspiring with two men to hurt him, resulting in the handyman’s death, Elyria police say.
Willie Fisher, 46, of Lakewood, was found shot dead about 6:30 p.m. Friday behind the Convenient Food Mart on East Avenue near Fuller Road, police said.
During the course of their investigation, police learned that Fisher was hired as a handyman to do some yard work around the store by 56-year-old Bruce Arnoff, of Solon, a news release from the Elyria police department says.
Arnoff became upset with Fisher, and he asked two East Cleveland men, 29-year-old John Sullivan and 18-year-old Saint-Velle Pruitt, to “cause serious physical harm” to Fisher, police said. Their actions resulted in Fisher’s death.
The Convenient Food Mart is not directly owned by Arnoff, property records show. It’s unclear if he is an employee at the business or works for a third party that hired Fisher.
If you (allegedly) cause the death of an employee by (allegedly) hiring two men to rough him up as a workplace motivational tool, you might be the worst employer of 2018.
Jon Hyman is a partner at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis in Cleveland. Comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Hyman’s blog at Workforce.com/PracticalEmployer.