I had another post I was preparing for today until I ran across this question on Slashdot.

An anonymous reader asks: “I work at a large hosting company in Texas, and recently decided to go work for a smaller competitor. I had a great relationship with my employer and wanted to leave on good terms, and I hadn’t signed any non-compete or employment agreements . I felt my old company had just gotten too large and I didn’t like working there anymore, so I gave them two weeks notice in writing. They were really upset when I insisted on leaving and one week into my last two weeks the V.P. of Sales told me the company was suing me for leaving, and they were also suing my new employer for hiring me. I was shocked, and they then escorted me out of the building. Has anybody ever heard of this happening? Do they have any legal basis for suing me?” It shouldn’t have to be said that seeking professional legal representation, in such a situation, is the first thing one should do.

Worst HR (2007) #3

Category – Worst Exit Interview

I think a majority of us have been in situations where we leave an organization and secretly hope they won’t be able to survive without us. Then we slowly come to the realization that like many, we are replaceable. This may be one of the rare exceptions where this employee is indeed worth the cost of a legal suit.

This item seems almost positively absurd and I certainly hope if the organization goes forward with their suit, they are thrown out of court and hit with a hefty counter-claim. It almost seems this is a tactic to keep the rest of the staff in line. My guess, these actions are going to result in employee and contractors not showing up for work one day and not being heard from again. So much for the traditional exit interview where companies look for reasons to justify your leaving.  Oh one last thing to The Planet:  Texas = Right-to-Work!

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