A week ago Friday, I stayed late at the office because of some projects that got dumped on me that afternoon. By 7:30 p.m., I’d completed them all, but our CMS went down before I would could upload the last one.

Per protocol, I emailed the file to the designer and copied the other editor. I said something like “System is down again, and I’m not willing to sit around waiting for it to come back up, so I’ll upload first thing Monday.”

This was, apparently, a mortal sin. The editor forwarded the email to our boss, and we had two separate meetings about my infraction. Telling a team member I wasn’t willing to stay late(r) on a Friday night showed my laziness and lack of commitment. If I said that to a client, we’d look unprofessional. My language was demoralizing to my co-workers.

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this. I didn’t say it to a client. I stayed as late as necessary to finish and send the project. Absolutely no one was affected by my “unwillingness.”

In 3 years here, I’ve never missed a deadline. I come in early/work late when I need to — exactly as I did that night. But one supposedly poorly worded email, and they’re acting like I consistently half-ass my job.

So I’m going back and forth between being hurt and really fucking angry, and I’d like an outside opinion — did my “infraction” remotely warrant that kind of response?