People always say I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true…. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.—ROSA PARKS

WHEN HR MANAGER JESS heard supervisor Ray’s voice on the phone, her heart sank. Ray, a Darth Vader clone, ran through employees like water. Some he fired; others got so fed up they quit. So when he told Jess, “I need you to fire Rose,” she groaned. What now?

“Ray, what’s the problem?”

“Ever since Rose was diagnosed with breast cancer, she’s been in and out of the office for doctors’ appointments.”

“Ray, it’s understandable that she’s missed some work. She has cancer.”

Steam in his voice, Ray barked his response. “Maybe you HR types think that’s okay but everyone ...

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