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How To Get Someone Fired: 3 Ways That Works [2024]

There are lots of possible reasons why you might want to get someone fired; revenge is one of them. Without judgement on you, sometimes a person deserves to be fired for what they did to you or a colleague. While you could take the upfront approach and report their actions in order to get them fired, the tables may turn.

After being fired, that person may attempt to get you back in ways that would be unpleasant or even dangerous to yourself or your career. You need to know how to get someone fired from their job anonymously in order to protect yourself.

Reasons Why a Person May Deserve to Get Fired For Revenge

Sometimes people just deserve what’s coming to them. In this case, you need to know how to get revenge on someone without them knowing.

Some reasons why a person may deserve to get fired might not be obvious to their boss. Maybe you’re the only one who knows that they deserve to lose their job. If so, you may feel justified in making sure they get what they deserve. Some reasons why a person may deserve to get fired are:

  • They shirk all their own duties and make others do their work
  • They are constantly cheating to get ahead
  • They berate colleagues when they think no one’s watching
  • They sabotage others’ efforts to succeed
  • They are stealing from the company
  • They are stealing from co-workers
  • They are spying on the company for a competitor

If you’ve decided that you want to get someone fired without them knowing, you need to be stealthy. Here’s how to get revenge on someone without them knowing.

Keep Records

The first thing you’ll want to do when figuring out how to get a coworker fired is to start keeping records of this person’s actions. You may need to document their actions (or inactions) in the future, no matter what method you use for getting them fired.

It’s important to be very detailed about your record-keeping. The more details you can provide, the stronger your case will be for getting them fired. Your records should encompass a range of mediums:

Paper Records

Paper records should include things that this person handled. Examples of paper records to collect are:

  • Papers with signatures (things they approved, reviewed, intimated, wrote, etc.)
  • Papers without signatures (things they didn’t approve, did not review, or passed along without ensuring compliance, etc.)
  • Statements (bank statements, deposit slips, invoices, financial statements, etc.)
  • Calendars (dates where the person was or was not, meetings they had or skipped, etc.)

Digital Records (emails and texts)

Video Records

You may be able to obtain video records of the person’s wrongdoing. These may be from office video recordings, hallway cameras in your office building, CCTV cameras in public areas, etc. You could also use a mini camera to capture video of their actions yourself.

You don’t need to actually put your hands on these video recordings until the 11th hour. But you should do some scouting and look for relevant cameras so you can know if certain video records will be available to you if you end up needing them.

Audio Records

It’s illegal to record people without them knowing it, but only under certain circumstances. The Federal Wiretap Act makes it illegal to secretly record oral, electronic and telephone communication that people “reasonably expect to be private.”

However, that gives you a lot of leeway in terms of getting someone fired anonymously for revenge. You are permitted to record audio recordings of conversations that happen in a public setting, where there is a reasonable belief that the conversation could be overheard.

So, for instance, if this person was insulting or lambasting someone else in the office in public, those words could be legally recorded. To do this, you can use your Quicktime app on your Mac or a handheld audio recording device.

Personal Records

This one falls under the category of creative ways to get someone fired. Now, personal records are a little bit different, but still important to collect for the sake of evidence.

Here’s how this would work: Let’s say that this person has been making lewd advances toward you. What you can do is to report what happened to a close friend, colleague or family member. You can do this through email or verbally. It will come across as simply confiding your troubles to a friend. But what happens is, this then becomes extra proof of that other person’s wrongdoings.

You can always call upon your confidante and ask them to back up your “story.” They can then attest to the fact that you came to them distraught and told them that you were being harassed. The same thing works whether you are talking about harassment, embezzlement, discrimination or anything else. All you’re doing is creating a third-party, personal record of events.

Read More: How To Respond When A Coworker Filed A Complaint Against You

Report Them

This next step is where stealth comes in if you want to remain anonymous. In order to get this person fired, you need to report them to their superiors. From here, you have two main options: You can report them yourself in person on condition of anonymity, or you can make the actual report anonymously.

How to Report on Condition of Anonymity

When you make a report on condition of anonymity, you’re basically making the boss “promise” to keep your identity a secret. Only do it this way if:

  1. You trust the boss or HR person
  2. You know for sure that there is no personal relationship between the boss or HR person and the person you are trying to get fired
  3. You get the promise of anonymity in writing

If you aren’t assured of all three of the above, then you should probably not report them on condition of anonymity. Instead, trust no one. Make an anonymous report.

Read More: How To Deal With Someone Trying To Get Me Fired

How to Make a Completely Anonymous Report

Making a completely anonymous report to get someone fired is easier than you might think. It’s actually the easiest route to go, because it does’t require much effort on your part. It also carries the least risk for you. If you are worried about retaliation, this is the way you should do it.

Depending on the person you are getting fired, you might even be worried about physical harm to yourself or your loved ones in retaliation. Making a completely anonymous report almost guarantees that no harm will come to you or your loved ones. There are a variety of ways to make an anonymous report:

Hire a Professional

You could hire a lawyer to press legal charges (if warranted) against the other person. This would be relevant only if the person broke a law, such as discrimination, sexual harassment, embezzlement, property theft or vandalism, etc. If you do that, then you retain client/attorney privilege, while the person in question is charged and likely fired.

Leave Incriminating Evidence

You could also leave incriminating evidence where it will be found by their boss or the HR department. This would entail you either mailing the evidence or placing it in the office of the boss or HR department. If you do this, be sure to use gloves while preparing the evidence. You don’t want your fingerprints all over it.

A Third Way to Get Someone Fired Anonymously

Finally, there is yet a third way to get someone fired anonymously for revenge. This one is the most stealthy of all. You can have someone else report the wrongdoing. “What!” You say? Yes, it’s possible to—let’s say, arrange—someone else’s firing by having someone else report them.

Granted, this way is a little trickier than the other two options. Still, it’s entirely possible to get someone fired anonymously and stay completely out of the entire business. Here’s how to do it:

Share the Injustices

Discuss what you know about the other person’s infractions with someone whom you think will take the next step and report them. Talk about how unfair it is for that person to continue to work there, given the laundry list of all they’ve done to deserve being fired. Get that person all riled up, to the point where it’s impossible to hold them back from reporting the incident.

Give Them the Evidence

Discreetly ask if they plan to report the other person. When they say yes, hand over some of the evidence that you’ve collected. You need to arm them with enough evidence to compel the boss to follow through with the firing.

Read More: How To Get Someone Fired For Bad Customer Service

Stand Back and Watch the Fireworks

Once you’ve given the other person what they need to make a good case to have that other person fired, all you need to do is stand back and watch the fireworks. You’ve done your part; now it’s time to let the wheels of justice roll.

Now that you know how to get someone fired, your conscience might kick in. You might start to feel guilty for taking away someone’s livelihood. Here’s where all that evidence that you collected can help once again. Go through what you’ve collected. Remind yourself of why they deserved to get fired, and why you took the steps you did. And don’t worry about the person you got fired. Eventually, they’ll find another job.

Hopefully they will have learned their lesson and will behave themselves in the future. If not, it will be someone else’s problem to get them fired again.

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