I wondered during the show if there was a bit of the Ryan factor going on in Jeff's confrontation with Trace. I.e. Ryan and Jeff had a falling out because Jeff felt that Ryan (alledgedly) was taking business exclusively for his (Ryan's) company when people were trying to find Jeff. The scene where Jeff was asking Trace to cc him on client e-mails just seemed more than just making sure he knew how many hours to bill a client (though there is that). Then he sees Trace working on a project that wasn't one of Jeff's clients. Hmm.
It sounded like someone was going to be let go, that's why Jett knew that he was going. However, with Trace's firing it allowed Jett to move up. I'm happy for Jett, I hope it works for him. He's managed to do Jeff's peon work for so long that I do think he'll be able to be successful at this new aspect. He's used to Jeff's craziness.
Gage is not impressing me at all. He uses the guise of making sure Jeff's business is run well to get rid of people. Is he trying for more money? While I agreed that Sarah should have been let go a long time ago, or given a different job (which are not really available in that small office) it was not nice how it happened, Gage shouldn't be there. Trace called it right when he said 'this is how the conversation with Sarah started'. I think that's one reason he didn't fight more, he saw the writing on the wall. I think Jeff was thinking about firing him when the whole Vegas thing happened anyhow. Trace should have known that while Jeff said it wasn't mandatory, that it really was mandatory to show up. It's not like it was an early morning. They didn't have to be there until 11.
I don't think there is anything wrong with Jeff's requirements that you cc him copies of emails. I do that on afairly regular basis if I am working on an issue even though it isn't a policy here. I do it simply for him to know what the issue is & what steps I am taking so he can answer questions if I am out of the office.
I seriously doubt Trace was trying to take business away from Jeff like Ryan did. If you are trying to steal clients from your employer the last thing you would do is use your work computer to do this.
I think they just needed to cut costs and Trace & Sarah were liabilities Jeff could no longer afford. I am curious to know of Jett has any design experience.
It seemed to me like it was Jeff's decision to fire Trace; not Gage's. Much as I don't like or trust Gage, I have less respect for Jeff.
THe language he used when he fired Trace is a total wrong. I do understnd that Jeff had concerns about Trace's closet being on his work email. And, perhaps, as someone stated upthread, it was similar to the whole Ryan issue. Whatever. Jeff needs to learn to give respect and he will get respect from his employees. No one should rule through intimidation. And that is what Jeff does.
I hope 1 of these fired employees takes Jeff to court. Jeff may be a small employer, but he needs to abide by the laws in existence in CA.
Yes, CA is at will, but you still need documentation, etc. and what Jeff did, language he used, etc. would not stand up in court, ever.