New Owners of Company Declare No More Employees Can Quit, Earning Mockery

Despite supply chain issues and a trucker shortage, the new owners of a trucking firm have driven off a number of their own employees with strict new rules.

Sharing their story to the popular Reddit forum r/antiwork, u/Steampunkgoblin said that the new owners, in order to stop people from quitting, have said they will no longer accept resignations. He earned over 14,500 upvotes and 3,400 comments in 12 hours for the post "New owners, New rules."

The original poster (OP) says that the old owner of the small trucking company he worked at retired and sold the business to a family. The changeover happened on July 1—and though there's always some changes when a company gets a new owner, the employees were not expecting this degree of difference.

"They made a bunch of new rule changes that align with their ultra Christian evangelical beliefs," u/Steampunkgoblin wrote.

The new rules include a ban on drug and alcohol use while off the clock—along with random drug testing following holidays and weekends; a new dress code; and as of next year, all time off will be unpaid.

In addition, they announced mandatory morning prayer meetings. Employees are also strongly encouraged to join the owners' church, the OP said, including tithing and volunteering. Church participation will also be taken into account when determining promotions and raises.

"It's the 6th and already 11 purple have either quit or put in their notice. So much so that they sent out an email saying that they will not be accepting any more resignations or the business will have to stop due to staff shortages," u/Steampunkgoblin wrote.

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The new owners of a small trucking company are being lambasted for introducing a number of new rules that caused a significant portion of their workforce to quit six days after they took over. iStock/Getty

Since 2021, there have been a trucker shortage, leading to supply chain issues around the U.S. and Canada. Various solutions have been floated, including legislation allowing teenagers to drive semi-trucks, and one Texas company offering drivers $14,000 per week.

In other words, it's definitely a worker's market out there for truck drivers looking for a job, and strict rules and cuts to benefits is not a winning solution for enticing employees. While it's legal for a workplace to ban drinking and drug use off the clock in 31 states, according to Workforce.com, it's not recommended. Even in the other 29 states, such a regulation could run afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which cites alcoholism as a disability, Workforce reports. It's also legal for a company to offer no paid leave in the United States.

However, some of the owners' other rules are, in fact, illegal. Requiring prayer is a violation of Section VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act—just as banning employees from praying would be. The law says that employees must be allowed to pray, but they cannot be required. Likewise, basing promotions or raises on church attendance is also in violation of federal law.

Many on Reddit found the situation—particularly the part where the company would refuse to accept resignations—quite hilarious and the owners worthy of mockery.

"Way to buy a company and lose it all in the first month. LOL," u/Kmums wrote in the top-rated comment with 7,500 upvotes.

"Exactly, these people are idiots and have no idea how to run a business that includes employees. Especially with in-demand skills such as truck drivers. I love their clueless desperation with their announcement that 'they will not be accepting any more resignations or the business will have to stop due to staff shortages.' LOL, I can't quit or you might go out of business? That sounds like an owner problem not an employee problem," u/Ruh_Roh- wrote.

"Do you think they bet against their company on stock market and trying to win their bet? Maybe with their uncle helping to 'not make it obvious'?" u/MefasmVIII wrote. "God i really hope its some sinister plot, i cant believe this level of stupidity".

"Its funny sounds like the new owners have never worked in trucking, there is such a massive shortage of truckers that most trucking companies have huge recruiting departments. Like most companies will do anything to keep drivers and staff like bend over backwards. These people will be out of business in 3 months," u/sirdizzypr predicted.

"I love when a company goes 'we will not accept your resignation.' Like, I was informing you, not asking permission," u/SanguineRose9337 wrote.

Newsweek reached out to u/Steampunkgoblin for comment.