25 workers lose job over one email

Twenty-five production employees of a Christian book and music publishing company paid for the sins of at least one staffer with their jobs after an anonymous email said the Oklahoma business would layoff workers as it expands overseas.

Tate Publishing President Ryan Tate acknowledged to The Journal Record newspaper in Oklahoma City that he fired nearly 13 percent of his local work force after  “the cowards” who sent the email would not come forward to claim responsibility for sending it.

“I want a perfect mix of mercy, grace and justice,” Tate said in a meeting with the workers around Memorial Day, one of whom taped the session. “Now it’s time for a little bit of justice.”

Tate said whoever sent the email violated the company’s confidentiality agreement by sharing the company’s plans with the media. He told the newspaper the company is opening an office in the Philippines, and eventually in China and Australia.

The email said the company, which has 200 employees in Mustang, planned layoffs as part of the overseas expansion, but Tate denied any U.S. workers would lose their job – except the 25 now fired over the email.

On the tape, according to an excerpt by ABC News, Tate told the soon-to-be fired workers that the decision to let them go “tears me up.” He said he’ll pray for them, but that won’t save their jobs.

Proverbs says that the wicked will set a trap, but the righteous will prevail and the wicked will fall into their own trap. … A lot of good people are going to get hurt… To those of you paying an unfair price, I’m really sorry ….. I’ll pray for you and pray for your families. I can’t turn away on this one. Not at this time when we have so much to accomplish. I love you, I’m praying for all of you.”

The publisher also threatened to sue employees and file liens against their homes and automobiles if they went to the media or posted negative comments on Facebook.

OkcBiz magazine named Tate Publishing, a family-owned company, as one of the best places to work in Oklahoma in 2008 and 2009. This link includes audio of Tate’s meeting with employees.

176 comments Add your comment

Mary

June 9th, 2012
7:06 am

Another reason why religion and business do not mix. Eye for an eye must mean if you say anything bad about me I’ll sue you! Legally, I don’t believe you can place liens of home or autos unless you hold the mortgages/loans on them!

Linda

June 9th, 2012
9:53 am

What a hypocrite. So much for mercy, grace, or justice for those who had nothing to do with it.

USMC

June 9th, 2012
9:54 am

I take it CHRISTOPHER SEWARD, the writer of this article, is ANTI-CHRISTIAN.

Robert

June 9th, 2012
10:00 am

A great example of religious leadership – lead through fear!
This is how the Vatican became so rich – the pope would not ask God to forgive sins unless the people, including the royalty and aristocracy, paid for their sins in monetary fashion. Think about the holdings of the Vatican musuem. All donated for forgiveness.

fatchance

June 9th, 2012
10:02 am

Why would you say that USMC? Because he reported what happened? Should it not be reported? It happend didn’t it? I guess this is just another chapter in the “war on Christianity.”

Would like to hear your opinion on what you think of what the owner actually did and what you think of the families of the innocent workers who lost their job.

Russmon

June 9th, 2012
10:05 am

So make the innocent pay for the guilty. Sounds like an ancient Roman. Great christian attitude. In the long run those fired are probably better off.

blackprix

June 9th, 2012
10:05 am

I sometimes find that ‘the most religious’ are those who cannot be trusted!!!

Brad J

June 9th, 2012
10:07 am

Religion has nothing to do with it. An employee or employees breached a confidentiality rule, betrayed the company confidence and deserved to be fired. Would have happened at any other company. Get off your anti-religion high horse.

sam

June 9th, 2012
10:10 am

if this happened at any other company, no one in the media would care but because the company is Christian oriented, those in the media will do their best to make this seem wrong or unjust. Of course, Christians are used to this and expect persecution so its just par for the course.

Saints fans suck

June 9th, 2012
10:11 am

Why did he share the expansion plans with so many “production” employees and how does the leak actually adversly affect those plans.

old timer

June 9th, 2012
10:11 am

What an ASS! I think I would have to beat the crap out of this phony Christian. He was going to lay off American workers and open up shop in foreign lands just to increase his profit. What a pompus ASS to tell the people he just fired he will pray for them. Better pray none of them come back with a gun.

sheepdawg

June 9th, 2012
10:12 am

our version of a muslem terrorist, just as crazy but different tactics to control other humans

DA

June 9th, 2012
10:14 am

Fired by a religious zealot nutjob – bonus points on your resume.

emz

June 9th, 2012
10:14 am

It is more of a business thing than religious — someone did violate the confidentiality of the company BUT the president isn’t acting in a very Christian/humane way. Seems like he could have found a more just response.

Lynn

June 9th, 2012
10:17 am

This is bad leadership on his part. A real leader never punishes innocent people. He should do his due diligence, figure out who is responsible for the leak, and fire those people. He took the easy, big bully way out. Oh, and that line about “I’ll pray for you. I’m so sorry.” — that’s total hogwash. I think he needs to learn the difference between “pray” and “prey”. Tool.

Yup

June 9th, 2012
10:18 am

Sure, it’s a business. One person broke the rules, 25 got fired for it. Maybe people are so up on arms not because of the mere fact that it’s a Christian business, but because of this:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2156488/Christian-CEO-prays-insults-fires-25-employees-leaked-email–takes-Lords-vain-minutes-speech.html.

You can’t be a filthy hypocrite and expect people not to respond to it.

Jesus Christ

June 9th, 2012
10:24 am

Proves the point that Christians are A holes.

GOD

June 9th, 2012
10:26 am

USMC: Grow a Brain.

Dee

June 9th, 2012
10:30 am

I believe as Lynn does that he didnt do his do delegence. Therefore he has made a terrible mistake in firing and putting innocent people in the street. Times for finding employment is horrible and we will really know if he wanted to fire them in the first place. Lets see if they are replaced.

John

June 9th, 2012
10:35 am

Typical “religious” person trying to use fear and intimidation to control these people. What happened to “Freedom of Speech”?

Banker Bob

June 9th, 2012
10:37 am

Now he can reduce his workforce as planned, but blame it on violation of company policy rather than offshoring of jobs. Well played.

Vote for Pedro

June 9th, 2012
10:37 am

So, yeah, let’s elect us a religious freak business man like this one to be President

jane

June 9th, 2012
10:39 am

He did the same thing I do as a parent. If one of my children breaks one of my “big” rules and the others know who did it and no one will confess…I punish all the kids. Bottom line, the employee who broke the rule should have confessed and taken his/her punishment. That employee alone is responsible for the other firings.

woodrow

June 9th, 2012
10:40 am

Instead of solving the problem, he made it worse. Nice management skills on ya.

a reader

June 9th, 2012
10:45 am

i think it made it easier for him to do what he was going to do anyway.

Look before I leap...

June 9th, 2012
10:48 am

Funny, the same people who get up in arms for being accused of being racist when they criticize Obama, are now screaming religious persecution because some are criticizing Tate’s actions.

A decent IT person can figure out the origins of the email in about 60 seconds.

As for the threat to sue, Tate is a buffoon as the cat is already out of the bag and last I checked, vindictiveness is not a Christian trait.

Look before I leap...

June 9th, 2012
10:52 am

@Jane:

I can’t help but wonder if you have swastika’s on your apron?

“You vill tell me who ate das cookies, or I vill execute you!”

Look before I leap...

June 9th, 2012
10:53 am

@Banker Bob:

BINGO!
I think he saves a small fortune in severance pay.

JW

June 9th, 2012
10:54 am

Funny how the religous freaks are actually the biggest hypocrites and evil doers. This is true for all religions.

DLink

June 9th, 2012
10:56 am

Follow the links to the audio: Someone recorded the meeting. Manager has a leak that he’ll be laying off production staff to overseas outsourcing, currently suing several employees for millions threatening to take away their houses and wages for the rest of their lives. Wants person responsible to step forward presumably to do the same to them. Says company is growing, laying off many people is a lie. Lays of 13% of production staff. Man of God.

My only question is if it were Islam, would they take just the hands or the heads as well? Ahh, the lifelong consequences of religion. BTW you KNOW something else is going on in those corporate offices for someone to go to the press that isn’t being heard. Printing Korans overseas perhaps? That might throw some evangelical production folk into the fits.

Michael

June 9th, 2012
10:57 am

Once again USMC shows us he is not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Trader Mike

June 9th, 2012
11:04 am

Banker Bob, you are 100% correct! Fires 25 people he intended to “layoff” anyway because of plans to outsource overseas. Last laugh will be on him as many U.S. companies are bringing jobs home because it is more economical now that China’s labor has gone way up and it’s economy way down…and for Australia, their economy depends greatly on China. So, good luck to Mr. Self Righteous…can’t wait to read follow up story in 6 months when your family owned business tanks and you are shoulder to shoulder in the soup line with the good people you fired.

AJC

June 9th, 2012
11:07 am

Another hit piece designed to invalidate Christianity by the account of a single story which was pulled from another story.

Unfortunately repeating stories from other newspapers constitutes “business reporting” in the AJC. I guess we don’t have any legitimate business activity on which to report in the 4.5 million population metro Atlanta area.

How sad.

Tom Shoupe

June 9th, 2012
11:08 am

Amazing how people who are brainless get in positions of authority.

Interesting Observation

June 9th, 2012
11:08 am

No matter what political, religious or whatever lables humans attach to themselves at the end of the day the nature of man finds it way to the surface. We are only human, and yes, at times our actions stink. My fellow humans, religious and nonreligious alike get over yourselves already.

Len Griffin

June 9th, 2012
11:08 am

Fires them then tells them if they complain to the media he will sue them? Yep, there is another person that is having God work for him instead of him working for God. This is one of the reasons that people are leaving the church

Matthew

June 9th, 2012
11:10 am

This pretty much sums up the character of this man…”The publisher also threatened to sue employees and file liens against their homes and automobiles if they went to the media or posted negative comments on Facebook”

Think Truett Cathy or Harland “Colonel” Sanders would act in this manner?

Let's Be Real

June 9th, 2012
11:10 am

I guess Tate worships money more than Jesus–but then again, I think all Christians have a similar Satanic streak to them.

Gus McGilligan

June 9th, 2012
11:12 am

This is what you get when you’re stupid enough to work for a guy who bases his reasoning on the most-unreasonable & confusing book since The Koran.

Richard Simmons

June 9th, 2012
11:17 am

I’m so looking forward to burning in He!! for eternity. Just think about it. I get to exist forever in mortal pain and there will be millions if not billions of us down there commiserating. I just can’t wait to go “down there” wherever that is. I know it’s not “up there” in the clouds or maybe the fringes of outer space or who knows maybe even deep outer space. But “down there” can’t be too far down else well be in China Maybe China is actually He11. Either way, I’m so glad I’m Christian and believe in Santa Clause but not dinosaurs. It’s really the only way to guarantee eternal life in misery like I do now.

Just wondering

June 9th, 2012
11:30 am

What about freedom of speech? I would have to read the confidentiality agreement and check to see if all these employees actually were notifid and signed off on such an agreement.

Before we throw all Christians under the bus, the article doesn’t tell us if Mr.Tate claims to be a Christian. It only tells us he is the president of a Christian book and music publishing company. I think this is simply another case of the big bosses treating employees unfairly because we have to hold on to any job we can right now.

Some Dude in Atlanta

June 9th, 2012
11:30 am

I once had a boss just like this guy. He is NO Christian and he too will get a 10x dose of his own medicine.
As far as his threats to take peoples homes and such? He would have to sue, win, be awarded a judgement and then collect on that judgement. Not only would this take years but even if he won, his court costs would be greater than any funds collected.
But the icing on the cake is that he would have to get 12 jurors from an insane asylum to take his side on this.

This guy will crash and burn and it won’t be pretty.

N-GA

June 9th, 2012
11:30 am

Cut the baby in half and give each mother a piece………

Sharon Tate

June 9th, 2012
11:32 am

Enter your comments here Boycott Tate publishing

Look before I leap...

June 9th, 2012
11:41 am

Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker
Jimmy Swaggert
“Bishop” Eddie Long
Creflo Dollar
Ted Haggard
Paul Crouch
Paul Cain
Paul Barnes
Douglas Goodman
Earl Paulk

Don’t know if the above list makes Christians stupid, but it sure does make them seem gullible.

For more entertaining reading, see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_scandals_involving_evangelical_Christians

John Paulk
Robert Tllton
Paul Crouch
Paul Cain

redweather

June 9th, 2012
11:42 am

@BradJ, you wrote “Religion has nothing to do with it. An employee or employees breached a confidentiality rule, betrayed the company confidence and deserved to be fired. Would have happened at any other company. Get off your anti-religion high horse.”

Did you not notice that he quoted the book of Proverbs to explain his decision? Doesn’t that makes this a teensy weensy bit religious?

kDog

June 9th, 2012
11:44 am

You anti-religious bigots are too stupid to know religion had nothing to do with this it was a breach of confidentiality and trust. Go and lie to your employer and see how that works for you. I don’t agree with firing the masses for the sins of one however legally, the publisher is correct by firing them. You dumb bigots also fail to realize the positive impact of religious institutions like starting the hospital system, academic and other social institutions we depend on today.

NjAtlHiSav

June 9th, 2012
11:47 am

Classic responsibility reversal. He needed to ax American jobs and Rather than looking like the bad guy for doing so he played the victim card and fired the employees under the guise that he was betrayed. End result is he shipped jobs over seas. Shame on him for all the ‘I love you and will pray for you’ act; this wasn’t tough love, but a sneaky and underhanded way to achieve an end. He is preaching for ‘the coward’ to step up, but he displayed just as much cowardly nature

Aquagirl

June 9th, 2012
11:58 am

Ryan Tate has the same last name as the company’s founder, he’s right up there in the company hierarchy with other family members. Little Ryan sounds like a spoiled brat who has never had to make it on his own. No wonder he can fire innocent people and think it’s what Jesus would do.

Appropriately enough his company picture he looks like he just finished a meal of baked toddler. Man, what a creepy looking dude.

http://www.tatepublishing.com/staff.php

Chris

June 9th, 2012
11:58 am

You can listen to the audio of the entire company meeting at The Christian Post. I have listened to it. Unfortunately, this man is in a pickle. He has to run a company that apparently has some issues that have been going on for some time with respect to divulging company information and just general complaining by employees on public internet forums like facebook. However, the guy has definitely damaged any kind of Christian witness he might have had before. Everything he says in this childish rant goes against all biblical teachings by Christ, the Gospels, Paul, James, etc.. So you can listen for yourself. He is speaking from both sides of his mouth. Where is the forgiveness and compassion? He fires 25 random innocent employees for the actions of a few? He goes on about how good he is at finding the culprits, and yet he did not and has not, so he just fires 25 people? Then he goes on about how he is going to pray for those people he fired??? There is no doubt or question here in my mind about his salvation but as a Christian, he is definitely misguided in his actions. I am sure that now since one of the culprits has provided a secretly recorded tape to the media, he obviously had no idea who the culprits really were, and he probably is now, after listening to the tape of his own rant, quite ashamed and embarrassed. And he should be!