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Mon, Apr. 4th, 2005, 10:50 am
Moral Dilemma?

So, I have a Situation.

There's this guy I know. I call him a guy only out of kindness, as he barely deserves to be called a human being. He is incredibly selfish, a liar, a cheater, and someone who likes to take advantage of people who are not in a situation to resist. I hate very few people in this world, but this guy is one of them. He never did anything particularly wrong to me, but I was a witness to a great deal of abuse that he heaped on my less-vocal co-workers until I blew the whistle and got him fired.

Now he's hiring for his new company, and using an email list I frequent to do it. Should I warn people about this guy? Should I assume he's mellowed somewhat in five years? Should I get in touch only with the people I already know and make sure they don't touch him with a ten foot pole? I would never want someone to be in the situation I was in, especially without recourse to anything but quitting should this guy still be, frankly, evil.

Okay, I'm done now. Did I mention I despise this man?

Mon, Apr. 4th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
kleenestar

Thanks for all the advice, folks! I think that I'm going to post on the list that I (and others - I'll see whether I can get permission to name names) have had very bad experiences working with this guy, and to email me offlist for details. That way I'm not saying anything bad about him publicly (except that I've had a bad experience - carefully keeping it about my own feelings so he can't sue or something) but people will still, hopefully, get the message.

Does that sound like a reasonable compromise?

Mon, Apr. 4th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
psychick

Perhaps, rather than saying you have had a "bad" experience with him, you should simply state that you have worked with him professionally before, and would like very much to share your experiences with those who are considering his offer of employment so that they can make a more informed decision.

That way you are not setting yourself up explictly as a source of negativity. Anyone who reads it can probably infer the sort of "experiences" that would make you go to the length of posting thus, but since there is nothing that actually says you're going to put him down, he can't come in with lawyers blazin'.

Still, be prepared for a trollish repsonse from him, as I'm sure he'll figure out that you're not going to be giving him a rosy reference. Regardless, this way people are only coming to you of their own free will, and you are not stating outright that your review of him is going to be negative, so there shouldn't be anything he can do.

Mon, Apr. 4th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
kleenestar

Oh, that's brilliant. Me likey.