Resigning Over Canceled PTO & What It Says About Today’s Work Culture

In a job world where company needs can overshadow worker well-being, an incident with a police officer, Chymarron on TikTok, shows the strain that can come from canceled personal time off (PTO).

When her approved time off was suddenly nixed the day before, she chose to resign. This has sparked a wider talk about workers’ rights and what’s expected of employers.

When Operational Demands Override Employee Rights

The video begins with Chymarron asking her supervisor why she was called into a conference room, suggesting that if she is fired, her supervisor should proceed.

Her supervisor then mentions Chymarron’s previous request for paid time off (PTO) but explains that they cannot approve her request due to approaching a “critical” time. Chymarron responds by saying, “That ain’t got nothing to do with me.”

The manager emphasizes that she is merely delivering the message and doesn’t make the decisions.

Chymarron implies that she will quit if her PTO request is not honored, stating, “I’m about to leave today, so what y’all gonna do?” She indicates that she plans to go on vacation, even if it means losing her job.

She argues that if they are concerned about being short-staffed, they will be even shorter with her gone.

@chymarron_official When a job cancels your time off….. so you quit ✌!!! You still short staff !!!!!
♬ original sound – Chymarron Official

Public Empathy

man shocked at phone ss1902891454
Image Credit:

TikTok users who saw the clip sympathized with Chymarron, with one person penning the famous adage: “Your lack of planning is not my emergency.”

Someone else couldn’t understand how a PTO request approved five months prior was being reversed a day before.

“It got approved 5 months ago and they trynna switch up day before??” the user wrote.

“A failure in MANAGEMENT is NOT an emergency on our part,” someone else emphasized, stating that the responsibility for ensuring proper staffing rests on the supervisor.

Another TikToker wrote:

“PTO = Prepare The Others because I won’t be in.”

In response to her own video, Chymarron indicated that she plans to go on her trip regardless of the outcome:

“Part 2: I’m going on my trip for 2 weeks… if I get fired, I get fired.”

The Delicate Balance of Employee Rights: When Time Off Becomes a Tug of War

woman employee ss583064455
Image Credit: Littleaom/Shutterstock.

Chymarron’s experience throws into sharp relief the ongoing debate over employee rights and the power dynamics between staff and management. It raises important questions about how far employers can go in prioritizing operational demands over the rights and well-being of their employees.

The denial of time off is a complex issue that often puts employers in a tough position, especially if the request comes at an inconvenient time, such as the end of a quarter when the team is under significant pressure.

Legally, employers have the right to deny vacation requests, but they must have a legitimate business reason and ensure that denials do not discriminate based on gender, race, religion, or other protected characteristics.

Navigating the Minefield: Best Practices for Handling PTO Denials

tired male employee ss1727996809
Image Credit: Ground Picture/Shutterstock.

Employers should show empathy when denying a vacation request, as employees might be facing personal issues they are uncomfortable discussing.

Clear communication about the reasons for the denial is crucial; if possible, employers should work with employees to find an alternative time for the requested off. However, frequent denials can lead to low morale and high turnover.

In cases where time off is denied for medical procedures or recovery, employers must tread carefully to avoid disability discrimination claims.

Employers are advised to periodically review their practices to ensure fairness and consider consulting an employment law attorney if they find themselves regularly denying vacation requests.


Martha A. Lavallie
Martha A. Lavallie
Author & Editor | + posts

Martha is a journalist with close to a decade of experience in uncovering and reporting on the most compelling stories of our time. Passionate about staying ahead of the curve, she specializes in shedding light on trending topics and captivating global narratives. Her insightful articles have garnered acclaim, making her a trusted voice in today's dynamic media landscape.