Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


We have found more Jane Galts in the business world; persons whose only ambition is to achieve great things and not let the moocher-n-looters get in the way.

Massachusetts accountant Carl Sorabella had every reason to believe that his employer would grant his request for a more flexible schedule so that he could assist his wife, who had just been diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer and given only months to live. After all, he'd been with Haynes Management in Wellesley, for 13 years, and had just been given a raise in November.

But instead of a more accommodating schedule, he got a pink slip in response to his request, even though he had made it clear that he was willing to work nights and weekends to make up for the time he intended to spend taking his wife in for treatments and tests.


Sorabella was sure that he would be able to arrange a more flexible schedule -- after all, he was head of the accounting department at Haynes, and had been with the company almost 14 years. But he says that his boss was afraid that if Sorabella wasn't there during regular business hours it could cause problems.

"It's business. I'm running a company here, and I need to make sure the department runs," she told him. Sorabella said that he assured her that he would see that the company runs well, working at any hour of the day or night to make up for the time he spent caring for his wife, but to no avail.

Sorabella says that his boss told him they were thinking about laying him off anyway, due to "modifications in workforce requirements." He thought, "you can't do that!" reports Boston's ABC affiliate WCVB. He says that he later saw an employment ad for his old job with the same company.

No one from Haynes Management has been available for comment, but in an email to WCVB reporter Susan Wornick, Vice President Mary Butler wrote, "this is a private personnel matter and we are not going to comment publicly."

Give those bosses a blog at the Atlantic! They have the right priorities; corporations first, last and always. Those losers are just dragging down the people who achieve great things, and must be jealous of the Galtians' superiority. What kind of people are they anyway?

For now, Sorabella is on unemployment, and his wife is on disability.


But the two have always been fighters, and have faith that they can get through this together. Kathleen was homeless when they first met. Sorabella was a bus driver and found her sleeping in the back of his bus. The two have accomplished much since then.

After they got married, he earned an accounting degree, she set up a homeless shelter and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in social science, the latter which she just completed three years ago. She's still paying off her $60,000 student loan.


Sorabella's COBRA payments for his health plan were too expensive, but the couple still has minimal coverage from his wife's disability. She had been employed as a social worker in the prison system.

Sorabella is still looking for work as an accountant -- he says that he'll take part-time -- anything he can find. But after they get through this and his wife recovers -- and they're confident she will -- he'd like to go back to school and get a nursing degree.

In the meantime, however, there are more urgent matters to attend to. "We don't know how we're going to pay our bills," says Kathleen Sorabella. "But we keep telling each other as long as we love each other -- it doesn't matter. We'll get through this. I'm going to get better."

Losers. Are they building railroads and bridges across this great land of ours? Inventing new energy sources? Of course not. They are worthless, and just giving them taxpayer money to survive will only increase their dependency and give them an incentive to not work.


Anonymous said...

Please tell me Sorbella will be able to sue their pants off.


Susan of Texas said...

The article said there wasn't anything they could do.

"Unfortunately, Sorabella has no legal recourse. Federal and state laws that protect workers from this kind of treatment only apply to larger companies with more than 50 employees."

Or we could just have some form of national health like everyone else and solve a ton of related problems.

What an amazing couple (at least on paper).

Anonymous said...

I still think one of the funniest things about Galt & Rand is that private industry doesn't (and almost never has) build railroads in this county unless heavily subsidized by the State.

Downpuppy said...

Railroads have always been land deals with tracks.

Which reminds me - Susan! - any more reviews coming for Atlas?

Susan of Texas said...

Yes, I have been meaning to do so for a week but keep getting distracted. I'll get to it right away.

Kathy said...

Most likely they fired the husband to dodge possible raises in their medical costs.

Downpuppy said...

We don't know the whole story, but Haynes is doing about as well as Newscorp in getting their side out now. Fortunately for them, the people who rent suburban office space like soulless managers.

Kathy said...

Husband works for a small business. The Owners are quite nice, and were upset that he didn't tell them our daughter was having major surgery. The Missus said she would have sent flowers and given Husband more time off.

He didn't tell them he was scared they'd fire him and he'd have to go on Cobra ($1500 a month). Her surgery was expensive. We have a good-sized box filled with bills; luckily the insurance will take care of most of it. Co-pays will make a dent in our savings, but thats what savings are for, right?

Myles said...

He didn't tell them he was scared they'd fire him and he'd have to go on Cobra ($1500 a month). Her surgery was expensive. We have a good-sized box filled with bills; luckily the insurance will take care of most of it. Co-pays will make a dent in our savings, but thats what savings are for, right?

Was there no small-business risk aggregation pool? (Honestly curious, as I am fairly unfamiliar with the American healthcare system, having paid out of pocket for most of the stuff I got done in the U.S. and then having my Canadian insurance company reimburse.)

satch said...

At least, I hope his boss said "It's not personal." I always loved that line, even when it was used on me. I think it's supposed to make the employee feel better... or maybe the boss... I was never sure which.