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Oklahoma CEO prays with, insults, then fires employees

A Mustang publishing company CEO fired 25 employees this week after announcing the dismissals in an emotional staff meeting that was recorded.
by Don Mecoy Modified: June 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm •  Published: June 1, 2012

/articleid/3680483/1/pictures/1735628">Photo - President and CEO Ryan Tate, and Founder and Chairman of the Board Richard Tate. Photos provided.
President and CEO Ryan Tate, and Founder and Chairman of the Board Richard Tate. Photos provided.

Some of the fired employees were responsible or helped those responsible for the leaked information, Ryan Tate said. Other employees lost their jobs because they aren't currently needed, he said. About seven of the positions already had been filled on Friday, Tate said.

The leaks about Tate Publishing's expansion plans were hurting the company and helping its competitors, Tate said. Tate said he plans to file a lawsuit against several former employees for revealing information.

“That sense of entitlement will not fly at Tate Publishing,” he said.

Tate Publishing describes itself as “Christian-based, family-owned, mainline publishing organization with a mission to discover and market unknown authors.” Ryan Tate said the company employs about 200 people.

A former employee who was not among those fired Thursday, but who asked that her name not be used because she still has friends at the company, said she enjoyed working at Tate Publishing.

She said Ryan Tate was infuriated by the information about the company that was circulating in emails and Internet postings.

“He doesn't usually call us morons,” the former employee said. “I feel really bad for my (former) co-workers.”

by Don Mecoy
Business Editor
Business Editor Don Mecoy has covered business news for more than a decade after earlier working on The Oklahoman's city, state and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor. He has won state and regional journalism awards for business,...
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