I joined AA in 2007 after being arrested. I also got a job just a few weeks after being arrested. When I interviewed for the job, I was very transparent about my past, being arrested, and joining AA. I did get the job and all was fine until a few years later when I realized what a messed up, religious, mind-controlling cult all 12 step programs are. So I left AA. I was not quiet about it either. I had been spouting AA slogans and other nonsense for a few years, so I wanted to make it clear to people close to me that I am not a part of that anymore. I sat down with my boss and explained my position. Again, everything was fine for a while.
Then, about a year ago, in 2011, by former boss started sleeping with a woman who is a 25 year Al-Anon member. (I say "sleeping with" and not dating because my former boss is married, but not living with, his wife, engaged and living with his "fiance," and sleeping with the Al-Anon member.) After a few months, he hired the Al-Anon member to be his "accountant."
During her first week he intentionally started a conversation between the cultist and myself about our views of 12 step programs. So obviously his accountant and I never got along. After a few months the cultist convinced my former boss that he "needed a program." So they started going to Al-Anon and NA meetings together (at the time they were smoking a lot of pot together). It was during this time that I went from being a good employee in my bosses eyes to the world's worst employee. Everything I did was wrong. And somehow, his new f*** buddy/accountant/stepper nut-case became my boss. I had previously been the assistant manager, 2nd only to the boss. I was now just a regular employee who reported to the stepper idiot/accountant.
Around Christmas 2011 my hours were cut because he could not afford to pay the hours he had been (his words, not mine). I was unhappy about my hours being cut because my wife and I had just had a baby, she was 4 months old at the time and had had some extra medical bills and required special (expensive) food, so a loss of income was a scary thing. My hours were cut from 35-40 per week down to less than 15 per week.
My former boss lectured me that I just need to "let go and let god," "take things one day at a time," and "accept" that I am "powerless" over this situation. Over the next few weeks he, and his f*** buddy cult member employee, would constantly parrot AA slogans to me trying to teach me something. I guess I missed out on what they were trying to teach me.
Then, less than a month later, mid January of 2012, he sat me down to talk to me again. He told me that I had not sufficiently worked on my "acceptance" of my hours being cut. He also said that he was tired of dealing with my "antisocial" behavior. He went on to define "antisocial" behavior as: not bringing my daughter in to work to meet him and other coworkers, not giving pictures of my daughter to him and other coworkers, not "sharing" with him what I am "struggling with" and "working on," and trying to keep my personal life "secret." He told me that the only way I could keep my job was to bring my innocent little girl in to meet him, his f*** buddy accountant, and other coworkers (one of the other coworkers is an Al-Anon member, too), to bring in pictures of my daughter so they could keep them, and "stop being so private." He went on to explain that he has recently learned (I would assume in his cult meetings) that me not talking about my private life probably means I am hiding something and that I really need to talk to someone about what is going on in my life. I, of course, recognized this heavily loaded cult speak and told him that there is nothing "going on" with me and that I don't need to talk to my boss/coworkers about my personal life. He then accused me of "being in denial," and fired me. Then, within a week of firing me he hired 3 new employees (2 are steppers and the 3rd is a female whom he wants to sleep with) to work for him. Now remember, my hours were cut due to the fact that he could not afford the payroll he had been paying. But now, he has 3 new employees. Good thing these stepper retards are practicing "rigorous honesty" huh?
This all really upset me at first, but now, after a few months and starting a new job, I am actually glad that it happened. I now work for people who, as far as I know, are not members of 12 step cults...and even if they are, they keep it to themselves. This jackass that I used to work for has even tried calling me a few times, and asked to come over to my house to "see how you are doing." (BTW, I politely declined and have not heard from him since.) He has told mutual friends, former clients, and even prospective employers that I am "not in recovery anymore" and that I am "drinking again." (Those of you who have read my previous posts, the latter is true. I do drink. After leaving AA and staying dry for a year I started drinking again. My family is supportive and I do so responsibly. Drinking or not drinking is 100% a choice. The disease of alcoholism is a total myth. So whether I drink or not is absolutely irrelavant to him, former clients, or potential employers.) For him to paint the picture of me as a raving drunk lunatic is way out of bounds...but I guess I should expect nothing less from a brainwashed 12 step idiot.