Workplace Signs of the Season: Sometimes, Even Santa Gets Fired

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By Eric B. Meyer

With the National Hockey League season in jeopardy, I imagine that Canadians are a fairly ornery bunch these days.

Even further north, hockey fans too are in turmoil. Reports from the North Pole have Mrs. Claus moping around. Morale amongst Santa’s helpers is at an all-time low, causing toy production to drop 20 percent. And the elf of the shelf just flipped me the bird.

But it appears that no one is taking it harder than jolly old Saint Nick.

The comment that got Santa fired

According to this report from Shawn Jeffords in the Toronto Sun, last week, a mall Santa at a Toronto Christmas Market told a three-year-old waiting in line to sit on his lap that the Toronto Maple Leafs “suck.”

The boy’s mother than took to Facebook and put Kris Kringle on full blast:

Then he said, ‘Oh, you’re wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs tuque, you shouldn’t be wearing that, they suck.’ At that point, I took my son and told him we should go, Santa isn’t being very good today”

The event organizers apologized, via Facebook, and then promptly terminated Santa’s employment.

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How another Santa was fired in Maine

But folks, let me tell you. Santa is resilient. He dusted off his resumé, checked the online job boards, and quickly found new employment at a mall in Portland, Maine.

That is until, as The Daily Dot (via reports here, a mom complained on the mall’s Facebook page after Santa allegedly refused to let her six-year-old daughter sit on his lap because she didn’t purchase a picture package. Here’s a video of mom and daughter sharing this scrooge story. Now, Santa is once again out of a job.

And, rumor has it, he may be filing a national-origin-discrimination charge with the EEOC.

This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 210 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (, which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he's been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist.


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