Why are the contractors expecting to be paid for work that they should have completed on Thursday, but have not completed by EOB Friday?
I agree that it is wrong for him to set an expectation, and then not keep it - but it was also wrong for the contractors to set up an expectation (done by EOB Thursday) and then...
Best answer: Why are the contractors expecting to be paid for work that they should have completed on Thursday, but have not completed by EOB Friday?
I agree that it is wrong for him to set an expectation, and then not keep it - but it was also wrong for the contractors to set up an expectation (done by EOB Thursday) and then not keep it (still not done by EOB Friday)
But two wrongs do not make a right.
There were much better ways to deal with this. you need to talk to your dad and say that you understand why he did this, he is just returning the behavior that he is getting, but point out to him that there were batter ways o deal with this, that he needs to keep his contractors reasonably happy.
As for the firing of the employee - he is firing someone for telling the truth. It is an inconvenient truth, but the truth never the less.
Ask him if he would like to be put in that position? If he did not want the chance that this employee would "rat" on him (not to the contractors, just to his family!) then he should not have involved him in this lie.
The problem here is that until he sees that he handles the contractor situation badly, he will not understand the dilemma he put his employee under, and until he understand that dilemma he can not empathize with the employee.
So you need to work on getting him to understand that the bad behavior of the contractors does not justify his bad behavior. You have seen enough of the "reasoning" here to be able to recognize the different fallacies in his excuses, and know how to counter them. Just as long as you can keep it calm and try to not let it get adversarial.
Once you have that, they you can work on getting him to understand the bad position he put himself in, and the huge dilemma e put his employee in.
Once he sees that you need to make it clear that he needs to apologize to the employee, and offer to rehire them. Hopefully this behavior is sufficiently far from the normal that they will want to come back.
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