I work for a small firm here in Minnesota; only 30 people work there. Well, 27 men, 3 women. I[m a 37 year old guy, married, to my wife, 34, with a 14 year old daughter in highschool.
Our boss (a dude in his 50s) sent a circular email to all employees in the office (well, the guys only) asking them to send him selfies of themselves in their underwear, and that he wanted an "Underwear Friday" every week, where the guys walk around in their underwear (it applies only to the guys according to the email).
The email also asked the employees to take selfies of themselves sitting in their underwear on freeways as well (but isn't that illegal; well, sitting on the freeway part anyway?) and then post them on our firm's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
It also asked some of the guys to walk around the office in a bikini. I found this weird and it crept me out.
Our firm deals in graphic design etc. and we have important clients visiting and meetings etc.
I confronted the boss on Friday in private after work, told him that this was inappropriate, he said:
I'm the boss. You're just gonna have to accept that you'll do what you don't want to at work. ven if it means being in just your pants. God, dude, feel the freedom of being in your pants. Every dude wants to do it, it's gonna be a hoooot!! Fuck it with your complaining, you don't stick it to the man here. Who do you think you are. George fucking Clooney? Give me a break. is your ego as big as your, you know what, your... aaaagh, yah know what I mean. Just show up in your pants next Friday from 9am or else you're not gonna be paid a cent. Got it? It's gonna be hot seeing employees in their pants.
BTW, the boss is married, met his wife and son once, they seemed like nice enough guys so why the hell is he doing this?
This is weird behavior. The boss is normally straight as an arrow and he now announces this?
He's got a reputation around the office as a "Mr. Tough Guy" and straight-talking, and this request is so left-field I don't know what the hell to do. I told him no, he refused to accept it.
I freelanced for 18 months before getting the job in March, before now there was no conflict, it was a good job, I've only been there nearly 4 months now.
Why would the boss do this? Is this something I could sue over? How should i deal with this?
BTW, aside from digital publishing, the boss has also asked me to do some email stuff for him (since I have IT and marketing skills), he occasionally asked me to check his email since he doesn't have time to respond to all of them. I noticed he'd sent an email to a certain female celebrity's management claiming one of the employees has cancer in order to get the celebrity to visit (the employee/my co-worker does not have cancer, he was in my local paper promoting some new community-related initiative a few months ago and was large as life. FFS, the co-worker is 21 and I know him from sports activities anyway!). The employee is a fan of that celebrity, he's seen her in concert, but nothing more than that.
Why would my boss do this and what should I do next? Do I need a lawyer? (and hopefully not a Saul Goodman-type one; started watching that on Netflix) Or what next?
I like where I work, have no issues with co-workers, but the issue with the boss is causing me so much stress I feel like I could explode.
Dealing with this conflict is causing me stress and my wife and daughter are noticing it and I haven't told them why, other than "work stress", partially out of embarrassment.