Worked for some asshole who didn't pay me what I was due. I had access to his whole small business email, including all the employees he was skimming (which was all of the employees). Send them all an email on my way out the door and informed the US EEOC, local government, local employment office, and IRS. Sued his ass. Got my money. Don't know what happened with everyone else, but I got mine.
His business closed ~2 years after my email and subsequent lawsuit.
I'm the bitch not to fuck with.
I understand your frustration and I don't know any of you in person but it sounds like you went overboard. I would have settled with suing him maybe together with my colleagues, but no need to roast him like that. Maybe it was difficult for him to make ends meet as a small business.
I understand why you say that, but the thing is.... When you get involved with civil legal matters, lawyers, paperwork flying back and forth, mediation, depositions, settlements, going to trial...there's a lot you can't stop once you get the ball rolling. And I sent demand letters through my lawyer, sent cease and desists...since he was running his mouth falsely about me. And I also have resources, and I feel like I have to stand up for the smaller guy who doesn't have them.
When it all hit the fan during my exit, that guy tried to through me under the bus legally. He called the police on me, sent to the police to my residence, falsely claimed to the police that I disrupted his operations, which wasn't true until I was actually fired (I didn't just quit...I was fired unjustly). And when he fired me, he was the nastiest person on the planet. I pride myself on working hard, I have never been fired from any job except for that crook's business.
What makes me incensed is when you work your ass off for someone, and they don't pay you what you are owed, and they fire you unjustly for bringing their malfeasance up.
Ultimately, you can say it's childish, petty, whatever. You (anyone) can call me any types of names, but when you mess with my money, my friends money...I have a problem.
I had quite a few people to tell me, "just move on". I don't think so when someone screws me. I don't work for free. I've worked hard all my life for the amazing life I have now. And you're not going to think I'll ever roll over, especially in my own neighborhood and locale. Never as long as I'm walking this earth.