In today's multicultural, politically correct workplace, large swaths of the year are de facto off-limits for firing people. It's cruel to let them go right before holidays—so Christmas is out, as is New Year's. Then there's Ramadan, Hanukkah... oh, and you probably shouldn't fire a black person on, say, Martin Luther King day. Also, check the calender to make sure it isn't the laid-off employee's birthday. Really, there's no good time to fire someone. In the middle of their shift? At the end of the day? When their mom has cancer? But whatever you do, you really shouldn't fire someone from a Jewish website today, on the eve of Yom Kippur:
Dear Friends and Colleagues, I am very sad to report that after 14 months of hard work — often solitary, always effective — for Jewcy.com, I've been let go. I spent the majority of my time with Jewcy very passionate and optimistic about the possibilities for the site, and I know that many of you felt the same way. Thanks to everyone who contributed and participated during my tenure with Jewcy. It has been a pleasure working with you all, and I am a better person for it. ...Despite being let go on Erev Yom Kippur — with no notice and no severance — I wish the Jewcy family a happy, healthy, and healing new year.
Ugh. Mazel tov.