I have a personal issue that I would like your advice/opinion on.
Background: I work in a small IT department and the only Black. There are 4 of us. I have been with this company over 10 years. Recently, my fellow employee with the least time, puts in for vacation the day after Xmas. In our department that's a big deal so we decided to take turns between only 2 of us because the other person is part-time and can only work according to their spouses schedule and of course the boss takes the time off.
Well, I worked it last year so I made plans to have it off. The boss sends out an email stating that, lets call him Joe Smoe, wants to take 12/26 and 12/27 off. So, I send an email to everyone involved stating I had worked it last year and I would prefer not to work it this year. In turn the boss replies to everyone, that I am right and I can have it off. Well, Joe Smoe sends an email stating he wanted to know when everyone was gong to be off so he can plan accordingly. Then he sends another email stating,"After this, I expect it to be dropped. I have no problem working this Christmas , but since we are counting, this makes 3 out of the last 4 that I have worked."
But then, he quit speaking to everyone in the department. The boss talked to him so he then would only speak to her. She approached him again and ask if he was holding a grudge, he said no. Then she calls me and him in for a meeting. I ask the question, what is your complaint that has resulted in you not speaking unless it pertains to work. I believe he pulled this out of his ass, "I'm mad because 2 years ago I said I would work the day after Xmas because my wife was expecting a baby and I wanted to hold on to my vacation time and I wanted you to remember this 2 years from now. I was anger when you didn't remember." My position is, "I don't believe I made such an agreement with you 2 years ago."
Oh and get this, he had a free vacation for 12/26 and 12/27 and he cancelled it when I sent my email response. My response was, he should have said something to us and maybe we could have worked it out. I am so angry about how this was handled because it effects our department as a whole and I believe the part-time person should've been there because they are experiencing the same thing from this person. He has stated we are not friends and he doesn't plan to be friendly. He will do no more than be cordial and converse about work. Sooo unprofessional!!