Many of us have been fired. Even if the boss is right, it feels terrible. Even if it is done as nicely as possible, in private, and not sadistically, it can still feel humiliating.
I thought we had outgrown public humiliations like the spectacles we read about in ancient Rome.
The Apprentice on T.V. felt to me like a return to the Coliseum (at least emotionally) — Cruelty with us watching.