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What's your 'Horrible Bosses' tale?

Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston in

Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston in "Horrible Bosses." Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures/MCT

What do harried, harassed workers have to look forward to after a nice long holiday weekend of NOT thinking about work?

Opening Friday is the new Jennifer Aniston R-rated comedy -- “Horrible Bosses” – in which the abuse is so bad that three friends are inspired to murder their bosses, or at least give it a try.

You also have through July 20 to enter this year’s My Bad Boss contest run by Working America, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

While you may think your boss is bad, how would you like to work for supervisors or managers featured in “winning” contest entries from earlier years? Bosses who:

-- Ordered employees back into a building that was filling up with natural gas due to an industrial accident, even trying to defy firefighters who ordered everyone out.

-- Told a fast food manager he could not close early, even though the manager had just gotten a call from his wife saying their home was on fire. The manager closed up and got fired.

-- Asked an employee, recently diagnosed with cancer, to drop out of the health insurance plan, as is was increasing costs to the business.

The stories may seem funny – in that can-you-believe-it way – but at the core are serious issues, such as abusive management and lack of benefits, says Monica Samanta, a Working America staffer who’s helping with the contest. Workers express their thanks for the chance to vent and have their stories read, says Samanta, 26, a graduate of Ward Melville High School, East Setauket.

How about you? Do you have any bad boss stories from a present or previous job to share with Newsday? Any advice on how workers can handle such scenarios? Email

Photo: Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston in New Line Cinema's comedy, "Horrible Bosses."

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