Did I Stutter?

May 02, 2008 - by: Julie Elgar 10 COMMENTS

LITIGATION VALUE: $450,000 (if
Stanley ever quits or is fired)
It is with great sadness that I announce that I am leaving “That’s What She Said.” I have taken a new job and am leaving the private practice of law. But don’t despair. Our beloved blog will continue. I have passed the torch to my colleague Troy Foster, who is not only one of the funniest people I know but who is also a huge fan of the show.

At least the writers made my last post an easy one: tonight’s episode was full of Dunder Mifflin management missteps. Had Stanley really been fired (or if he had just quit in disgust after the “faux firing”), he would have found it substantially easier to make those alimony payments to the former Mrs. Stanley Hudson (not to mention his future ex-wives). His claims for race discrimination, age discrimination, wrongful termination, and intentional infliction of emotional distress would have been pretty solid. You just don’t get to “faux fire” the only over-40 black employee after asking him for suggestions on how to “pep up” and “energize” the workplace by recording an “urban” message in a staff meeting. Plus, juries are rarely impressed by managers who publicly humiliate their employees. That being said, Michael’s blunders don’t excuse Stanley’s conduct. As much as we all have wanted to blow up at our boss during some point in our careers, the cold hard truth is that you just don’t get to do so without adverse consequences.

On an unrelated note, just think how much Stanley could have added to his litigation windfall if he had accidentally fallen in the face imprint Michael made in the sidewalk on his way out the door?

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10 COMMENTS

1 Paul
08:27:58, 02/05/08

Boo! I miss you already!

2 Nick
09:38:38, 02/05/08

It is a shame to see you go. Good luck, hopefully you will continue to read the blog and leave comments on your thoughts.

3 James
09:54:58, 02/05/08

It’s a shame to see you go. You’ve made this a fun addition to the weekly work load.

Now, everyone leave the room except for Julie.

4 Mark
11:16:30, 02/05/08

Good luck. I must say this blog is an exceptional piece of marketing and extremely well executed. Sure hope Troy is up to the task!

5 Jason
13:12:38, 02/05/08

I am sorry to see you go, too. I have enjoyed reading your posts! As a law librarian who teaches first year legal research, I plan on using the scenarios in The Office as fact patterns for legal research assignments. You have been my inspiration! Your replacement has big shoes to fill indeed.

6 Michelle
14:58:52, 02/05/08

Ditto what everyone has said here.
I always look forward to reading the posts about the show as much as seeing the show itself and your contributions will be missed.
Best of luck to you!

7 Denise
20:57:24, 02/05/08

I love reading your posts each week and I’ll really miss you! Thanks so much for the great educational and entertaining estimates of the litigation value of each episode. What a great idea and so much fun–thanks again.

8 Benson, 2L
10:03:59, 04/05/08

Good luck on your new venture. We’ll miss you!

9 ACU Frank
10:40:14, 05/05/08

On the bright side, Julie can now lurk as a reader and razz Troy under an assumed name.

10 Cynthia
13:06:32, 05/05/08

Are you really quitting or is this a faux quitting just to teach us a lesson? We will miss you.

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