Originally Posted by pnutpug
Most bosses have bosses. If I were that boss's boss and found out that a top performer got canned for his suits, there'd be a new boss. If the OP's friend is willing to go public, it would make for a great lawsuit--something along First Amendment grounds--that would likely get picked up by the media, resulting in deserved public humiliation for the boss and perhaps a job offer from a more enlightened company.
Not quite an apples to apples example, but I'll share an instance of this coming into play:
My father worked for a very, very large company for over 30 years and worked his way to senior management. On one occasion he was in Las Vegas entertaining clients when one of his employees (a junior level guy making less than $50,000 a year) won big (over $35,000). Now my father was not overly upset with the gambles he took and was actually a bit impressed he was able to secure that much money after starting with only a few hundred bucks. However, when the man walked away from the table he walked directly to a Rolex boutique where he spent all of his winnings on a gaudy Rolex.
My father was immediately furious with the man and pulled him aside. The guy saw nothing wrong with spending $35,000 on a watch when he was only making $50,000 a year. That kind of decision making reflects incredibly poorly on one's concept of money and ability to make good decisions. It's enough of a gamble that he played up to $35,000, but the fact that he frivolously and immediately spent it all does not bode well for what he will do with the company's money or what image he will reflect on the company when he meets with Clients and is wearing a diamond Presidential.
Again, not apples to apples, but it needs to be known that what you do with your money and how you allocate discretionary income, as well as the image you are trying to portray, says a lot about who you are and how you think.