My story is pretty tame.
I work at a museum. The board president basically cussed me out on the phone before a big seasonal event, saying that she heard from other people that I was not giving 100% dedication to my job. That I needed to step my game up or face some serious consequences. Everyone was pretty stressed due to the event and I was pretty pissed.
I emailed her after the conversation, because it came completely out of left field. I had never had anyone complain about how I did my job. Tourists, the executive director (my direct boss), or even the president and the rest of the executive board. No one had complained before. So I asked her who it was that had a problem.
Turns out, no one had said a word to her about the job I was doing. She hadn't "heard" from anyone. She just listed a bunch of her own grievances about what I was doing (wearing a costume to work on Halloween, not labeling some artifacts she had brought in that had zero historical value, keeping my bike out of sight in the office, trivial shit).
I told her that she could just tell me that she was unhappy with these things as they happened, especially seeing as I was never told not to do these things, rather than cuss me out on the phone months later. I lost a lot of respect for her that day, but I was still employed. So I counted my blessings.
Also, I found out that the executive director and the president were paying me $1.25 less than they originally agreed to. When I first got the job two years ago, they gave me a job description with the original pay listed on it.
Naively, I didn't make a copy of it. When I started the job, my paycheck was much less than I thought it would be, and I was given another job description with the lower pay on it. I didn't make a fuss, because I was hard up for money, and I needed the job. Plus, the museum was kinda doing some shady shit. Additionally, I was an idiot who had no backbone at the time.
Anyway, some shit went down earlier this year. My boss and the entire executive board stepped down from their positions, and I found my original job description with the original pay. Needless to say, I'm now getting paid what I was supposed to, plus back pay.
Working here used to be a nightmare. But the new executive board is pretty nice.
As far as shady stuff, basically, the executive director went back to school, and they let her keep her job while I ran the day-to-day operations at the museum. Which isn't really shady, but needless to say, she couldn't perform her job duties as well as she could have had she not been four hours away.
The board was very hush hush about inner dealings, and wouldn't tell me or the other museum members anything. Even when new board members joined, they were expected to keep their mouths shut at meetings. Things would get ugly during these meetings, some of which were attended by municipality board members who were responsible for our funding. They also encouraged me to fudge the numbers of phone calls and visits to the museum so we could get better funding, which I refused to do.
Most egregiously, one of the more elderly board members at the time made some somewhat disparaging remarks about the way one of our summer students were dressed. The summer student recorded that conversation in secret, and addressed a letter to the board. The president refused to allow the other board members to see the letter, and destroyed the recording, so they couldn't argue their side.
All in all, it was a mess. But things are getting better now.