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PLEASE HELP! Vacation versus mandatory event

I submitted my vacation weeks ago. Got approval in the system and from my boss. Everything is fully booked, non refundable. My boss now is saying I have to attend an event on the dates of my vacation and that itโ€™s mandatory. I have respectfully decline twice and he keeps emailing me back stating that it is mandatory and I need to make arrangements to attend. Advice on how to proceed? Iโ€™m planning on writing HR or his boss but not sure who to write or how to handle. Thanks.

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1nbatopshotfan
Politicker
+5
Senior Director, Enterprise Technology
Take it to HR. Easy.ย 
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Do you have proof of his approval from earlier? You should absolutely take it to HR, but the more stuff you can document and have ready the better off you will be
Novaredneck
Valued Contributor
+3
IoT Sales Specialist
Yes I do
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Yea take it to HR with all the documents and file a formal complaint. If the boss gave you the time off he needs to be held accountable. Absolute bullshit he expects you to cancel a trip you paid for and can't get refunded because he told you that it was alright earlier only to change his mind.
SA
SADNES5
Politicker
+6
Business Development
...all these folks are saying take it to HR. Just remember, HR is there to protect the company.

Sounds like a nice constructive dismissal case...

#lawyergang
braintank
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+6
Enterprise Account Executive
What kind of event is it?
Novaredneck
Valued Contributor
+3
IoT Sales Specialist
Itโ€™s an industry related expo. Itโ€™s not like itโ€™s an sales kickoff or anything. He just toldย us about it today and itโ€™s less thanย weeks outย 
braintank
Politicker
+6
Enterprise Account Executive
That sucks but sounds like you're in the clear and already have their approval. I'd emphasis that the tickets are non-refundable and appeal to thier empathy. Is there anyone who can cover for you?
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CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Just say no.
sales7
Politicker
+5
Sales Enablement Manager
quit, your manager sounds like an ass
Novaredneck
Valued Contributor
+3
IoT Sales Specialist
he is and I'm working on it!
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