Mum sparks outrage after complaining to HR about her managers clothes

‘Underpaid’ employee reveals her plan to complain to HR because her manager wears designer clothes while she ‘struggles to heat her home’ – but critics say it sounds like ‘petty jealousy’

  • Mother sparked outrage on Mumsnet for complaining about managers’ clothes
  • The woman is considering going to HR because her boss wears designer outfits
  • Herself and her colleagues believe she is ‘rubbing her wealth in their faces’
  • As they are ‘underpaid and overworked’ and ‘struggling to heat their homes’ 

A mother has sparked outrage online after revealing she is planning to complain to HR about her manager wearing designer clothes while others are ‘struggling to heat their homes’.  

The anonymous woman, from the UK, took to parenting forum Mumsnet to garner opinions on her dilemma, revealing herself and her work colleagues believe their manager is ‘rubbing her wealth in their faces’ amid the cost of living crisis.

Her post angered many, with some people saying ‘it smacks of petty jealousy’ and others said ‘instead of running to HR for a whinge, you should speak to them about raising your salary.’

Explaining the situation, the woman asked if she was unreasonable ‘in thinking my manager is hugely insensitive for wearing these things into work?’

The anonymous woman, from the UK, has sparked outrage online after revealing she is planning to complain to HR about her manager wearing designer clothes while others are ‘struggling to heat their homes’ (stock image) 

She added: ‘Our department head is very young and glamorous and is fairly new to the company. 

‘We know her salary range as it was stated alongside the job advert (a six figure salary whilst the rest of the team are lucky to earn a quarter of that). 

‘Every day she swans in to the office like she’s dressed for the catwalk, different designer handbags (the very obvious types – think Gucci, LV etc), Rolex watch, Cartier bracelets, designer belts and shoes. 

‘Not to mention the perfect nails, hair and everything else that we just cannot afford these days.

The anonymous woman, from the UK, took to parenting forum Mumsnet to garner opinions on her dilemma, revealing herself and her work colleagues believe their manager is ‘rubbing her wealth in their faces’ amid the cost of living crisis

She continued: ‘Meanwhile our large team is underpaid and overworked. The recent financial climate means many of us are struggling to heat our homes, worrying about mortgage/rental price hikes and generally having to really cut back. 

‘We are all office based and this is something we talk about frequently in conversation, so she’s completely aware of this. 

‘She’s previously had the cheek to say that we are all feeling the pinch given the financial situation, which is an absolute insult when she rubs her wealth in our faces five days a week.

‘AIBU in feeling completely incensed by this and wondering how on earth she can think it’s appropriate?

Her post angered many, with some people saying ‘it smacks of petty jealousy’ and others said ‘instead of running to HR for a whinge’ she should ‘speak to them about raising her salary’

‘The whole team are upset with this and considering raising it with HR.’

Many felt that the woman was being unreasonable asking what does she expect HR to actually do. 

One person said: ‘Dragging her down isn’t going to raise you up any higher so why bother? It smacks of petty jealousy. 

‘She has a right to buy what she wants with her money and she has a right to use the things she has bought. So long as she is dressed appropriately for the office it is none of your business whether her outfit is Primark or Prada. 

Many felt that the woman was being unreasonable asking what does she expect HR to actually do to which she replied ask the manager to ‘wear normal clothes’

‘Perhaps instead of running to HR for a whinge, you should speak to them about raising your salary.’

Meanwhile another wrote: ‘It’s not the fault of one woman that your company undervalues and underpays its staff. The focus needs to be on lobbying to be paid fairly. Are you in a union?’

Someone else asked: ‘You’re going to go to HR and complain that your supervisor wears designer clothes and gets her nails done? And what do you presume HR will do about it?’ 

While the original poster snapped back saying people have missed the point altogether. 

More people suggested if she wanted a higher salary she should ask for a pay rise or apply for a job with better pay

She said: ‘You’ve missed the point. It’s not her salary that’s the issue, it’s her insensitively showcasing her wealth in front of us in a very tasteless and excessive way.

‘I suggest reading my post again. Clearly everyone is missing the point entirely. The whole team are upset so I’m not the only one with this opinion.’ 

More people suggested if she wanted a higher salary she should ask for a pay rise or apply for a job with better pay. 

One wrote: ‘If she’s your Head then presumably her job role and salary is achievable by you too should you want it. If your whole team want to earn more though so you can also buy fancy gear, then you all need to apply for better paid jobs.’

Another said: ‘Wow. Just wow. you want your boss to not do her nails, wear sack cloth & ashes and sell her designer gear just to make you feel better?

‘Complain to HR based on your own envy & jealousy? Wow. Petty much?

‘If you want that salary then you do that job. If you can’t do that job, don’t be envious if the perks that go alongside it.’   

However some others understood why she was upset – but admitted she should focus on getting a higher salary. 

While others understood why she was upset but admitted she should focus on getting a higher salary

One person said: ‘I can understand you all being annoyed but I don’t think HR can do anything as long as she’s not breaking office dress code, if there even is one.

‘Maybe a more proactive approach is to get together and lobby for a salary increase? You could all research other jobs in your industry and see if your pay is on a par. Get help from your union rep if you have one.’

Another wrote: ‘I think before this happened to me I would have said YABU. But since the same thing happened to me – the multi millionaire boss kept leaving his Prada backpack around while telling people in meetings that he didn’t think anyone should get a pay rise to help with the cost of living crisis – and know how it feels now, I’ll say YANBU. It’s s***.’ 

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