Two companies are merging I'm in the "bigger" one. I'm told that to create a new team I will need to interview all internal candidates to align them to their roles. I find out days before the interview this is a ruse to get rid of the "smaller" companies employee who is "problematic" and has "an attitude problem" which is short hand for she is standing her ground to retain the terms and conditions of her contract. I refuse to connive in the grand plan pointing out that this is unethical and contrary to the long term interest of the company who could find themselves on shaky ground in terms of labour law.
The CEO rounds on me accusing me of disloyalty; again I reiterate I have everyone's best interest at heart, including the company's. The interviews do not go ahead and the employee eventually leaves due to the hostile environment where trust is a stranger. The company's external lawyer is later consulted and my position is confirmed that this would have been a costly exercise for the company in terms of litigation and also reputation in the labour market.
The next opportunity to pay me off the CEO take great pleasure in telling me due to cutbacks he has to let me go. To this day that is the defining moment when I refused to be compromised and it has given me the resolve to stand up to bullying and bad management ever since. No pain no gain!
On Aug 29, 2016madhur wrote :
Thank you for sharing and inspiring us to take courage and stand - not only for ourselves but for others too, where situations demand.