Re: FWD: What a predicament!

Subject: Re: FWD: What a predicament!
From: Tom Murrell <trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002 09:32:02 -0800 (PST)

--- Anonymous <anonfwd -at- raycomm -dot- com> wrote:
> What would you do?

I'm not sure. It makes a big difference to read about someone else's problem
and being in the problem. I think that if I thought I was being asked to break
the law, I would resign and go elsewhere (even if the economy was bad), but,
again, I wasn't put in that position, so don't take that as faulting you for
what you did.

But I don't know that I would sue, either. If I felt that was an appropriate
thing to do--and again, I'm not finding fault with what you have done/are
doing--I would consult that lawyer and let the lawyer advise me. The problem
with suing is that even if you are right and have the angels on your side and
the other side is evil incarnate, future employers are shy about hiring people
who sue former employers. So that has to be factored in there somewhere.

You're in a tough spot.

> Will blowing the whistle hurt my chances
> for getting another job?

I could be wrong, but I believe your chances for future employment in that
geographical area would be harmed. Depending on the publicity, if any, that
your case garnered, the geographical area could spread rather wide.

> How much would you tell prospective employers about
> what's gone on here?

Nothing, for two reasons. If you sue, you have pending litigation that you may
or may not win. You don't want to make any claims only to have a court decide
against you. Second, when you talk about what you perceive are bad things at a
previous employer, the interviewer hears someone with a negative attitude,
possibly combative, possibly not "a team player," and definitely someone to

> How can I get through this without losing my sanity,
> my house, my car,...?

Prayer? <g> Seriously, it's a tough situation. You are making major life
decisions. Get good advice, both psychological, legal, (and if you're of a
mind, spiritual). Sorry I can't be of more help.

Tom Murrell
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