Employee Calls Out Coworkers for Insensitive Remarks About Home Ownership

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An administrative assistant earning far less than her coworkers calls out their insensitive comments about home ownership. She confronts them about their privilege and how it affects their outlook on life.

Despite an attempt at an apology, the atmosphere in the office remains tense. Is she the a**hole in this situation?

Navigating class differences in the workplace 💼

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Unattainable standards and classism in the workplace 👎

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Homeownership bragging turns insensitive, sparks criticism among colleagues 🤔

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Breaking the stigma around renting and home ownership struggles 💪

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Employee faces insensitive remarks about home ownership in the office.

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Navigating insensitive remarks about home ownership with coworkers 💼

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Navigating office dynamics when disclosing income 💰

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Admin assistant calls out coworkers for classist remarks about homeownership 🏠

In this story, an administrative assistant making significantly less than her coworkers called out their classist comments about homeownership. Despite their high salaries, they seemed unaware of the financial struggles many people face.

The assistant's coworkers made insensitive remarks about people who rent and how they would feel like failures in their 30s if they were still renting. The assistant spoke up and revealed that she is 38 and still renting. One coworker apologized, but the damage was done, and the office dynamic has been awkward ever since. The assistant wonders if she was in the wrong for calling out her coworkers.

However, the situation is indicative of a larger issue of wage inequality and classism in the workplace. In the next section, let's take a look at how people are reacting to the assistant's actions and whether or not she should have gone to HR.

Employee calls out coworkers for insensitive remarks about home ownership. Commenter points out privileged echo chamber and inappropriate response to being called out. Replies share similar experiences.

Silver-Thing2724 | Silver-Thing2724

Calling out snobbery at work, with a side of condescension 💁🏻‍♀️

B4pangea | B4pangea

Some people regret buying a house and that's okay 🏠

mdsnbelle | mdsnbelle

Breaking the money taboo and calling out condescension 👊💰

stannenb | stannenb

Employee shares experience of insensitive coworkers about home ownership.

inediblepeaches | inediblepeaches

Coworker's insensitive remarks about home ownership, NTA speaks up

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Take charge of your worth! 💰 Ask for a raise. 💼

SaltyDoggoMeo | SaltyDoggoMeo

Commenter shares relatable story about out of touch boss 🤦‍♂️

pray4mojo2020 | pray4mojo2020

Standing up for what's right. 👏

FinancialTennis6 | FinancialTennis6

Standing up to elitist coworkers. 🙌

bamf1701 | bamf1701

NTA. Empowering comment with supportive reply 👏

LynnMoira | LynnMoira

Calling out coworkers for privileged remarks about home ownership 😤

benjm88 | benjm88

Employee shuts down coworkers' denial of wage gap. NTA 👏

ha_look_at_that_nerd | ha_look_at_that_nerd

Defending against housing discrimination 👍🏠

bottledwater113 | bottledwater113

Luck plays a huge role in home ownership, not just 'bettering oneself' 😔🏠

maantre | maantre

Learn how one employee stood up against insensitive coworkers 🙌

kacastro | kacastro

Employee stands up to insensitive coworkers, promotes empathy 🤝

No-Collar8400 | No-Collar8400

Living in expensive cities can be a rude awakening 😅

S_R33d | S_R33d

Employee stands up to coworkers' rude remarks about home ownership 🏠

VixenNoire | VixenNoire

Colleagues judge success by assets, commenter stereotypes 100k+ earners.

Kingzer15 | Kingzer15

Standing up to privilege and ignorance like a boss 👏

Indigo-au-naturale | Indigo-au-naturale

Employee shares experiences of insensitive coworkers and boss 🤦‍♀️

VHinoto | VHinoto

Standing up for fair pay and calling out ignorance 🙌

pnutbuttercups56 | pnutbuttercups56

Reality check: Calling out coworkers on insensitive remarks. NTA.

revmat | revmat

Employee stands up to insensitive coworkers about wage disparity 💪

Netflxnschill | Netflxnschill

Demanding a raise for home ownership, NTA and empowering 💪

mread531 | mread531

Household employee calls out wealthy employer's complaints about their mansion 🤦‍♀️

JadedMoxi | JadedMoxi

Challenging the notion of advancing up the ladder in career 🤔

vonshiza | vonshiza

Owning a home doesn't define success. NTA for calling out.

Nervette | Nervette

Don't let anyone belittle your worth. You are gold 🏆

bacon_music_love | bacon_music_love

Tailoring clothes can save money! 💰👖

reindeermoon | reindeermoon

Homeownership isn't the only measure of success 👏🏼🙌🏼

Equal-Independence-1 | Equal-Independence-1

Commenter calls out coworkers, but also criticized for attitude 😕

randiesel | randiesel

Calling out privilege in the workplace 💰👎

Half_Man1 | Half_Man1

Buying a home can be cheaper than renting 💰🏠💵

novaskyd | novaskyd

Average person struggles to own a home, NTA calls out coworkers 🏠

LuckyNumber7Gaming | LuckyNumber7Gaming

Commenter defends OP's rejection of unhelpful advice, others join in.

lexi_the_leo | lexi_the_leo

Commenter acknowledges differing priorities, calls out awkwardness in exchange.

lilythetacocat | lilythetacocat

Employee confronts coworkers for insensitive comments about renters' worth.

Smokemaster_5000 | Smokemaster_5000

Navigating class differences in the workplace 🤔

swag-baguette | swag-baguette

Breaking the bubble: Employee calls out upper-class insensitivity 🤝

BreakfastCheesecake | BreakfastCheesecake

Breaking the bubble: NTA reminds coworkers to reflect on words 😌👏

allypad | allypad

Employee receives support after speaking up against undervaluation at work. 👍

Capable_Ad_976 | Capable_Ad_976

Calling out coworkers for their bias against renters 🏠💸

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Highlighting the financial struggles of homeownership on a fixed income 💰

Cheshire_Kitten92 | Cheshire_Kitten92

Standing up for those who can't afford a home 👏🏠

zuzudomo | zuzudomo

🚨 Employee speaks out against coworkers' inappropriate comments 🚨

ArtBitch420 | ArtBitch420

Tailoring clothes is a game-changer! 💪👔

SnubbyPears3144 | SnubbyPears3144

Call out entitled coworkers for suggesting unaffordable home ownership 🏠💸

drcockmuffin | drcockmuffin

Checking privilege: Calling out coworkers for insensitive remarks about home ownership

ketchmesailin | ketchmesailin

This comment highlights the severity of the situation 😬

RamsLams | RamsLams

Commenter calls out privileged coworkers for looking down on others.

tomtomclubthumb | tomtomclubthumb

Standing up to insensitive coworkers with a NTA attitude 🙌

spaghatta111 | spaghatta111

Speak up against classism 💪 NTA for calling out coworkers

Ya-boi-Joey-T | Ya-boi-Joey-T

NTA shuts down coworkers' privileged attitudes towards social safety net 💪

Jim_from_snowy_river | Jim_from_snowy_river

Commenter calls out privilege and lack of self-awareness 👏

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Commenter exposes coworkers' privilege; calls for empathy 🏡💰

purplepluppy | purplepluppy

Support for calling out insensitive coworkers about home ownership.

yanni_lam4 | yanni_lam4