Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Scandal, deux

I have an update on yesterday's doings. After the morning meeting, Boss Foxy and I snuck off for lunch and she filled me in on what went down. As suspected, the partners here said that they wouldn't do business with the Bank so long as he worked there. Since it is a very large bank, they offered to simply shift him around so that we would never come across him, but that wasn't really what the Partners were going for.

As I mentioned, they are very protective of their employees, and have killed what could have been profitable deals because of behavior that was deemed unacceptable towards one or more members of the firm. The recruiting process is extremely long, very involved"thorough. Generally, before we hire someone, they interview with every person in the company, and their spouse will likely meet at least half of the firm, too. There is an enormous effort put into getting the right fit.

And the results speak for one ever leaves for a similar job. Once someone comes to work here, they either work here forever, or they go into a totally separate kind of activity. Once guy left to run his alma mater's foundation, one left to run another non-profit, and a couple have left to take operating roles in former portfolio companies. Once you have made it through the hiring process, you are most definitely part of the family and will be treated as such.

Therefore, it is not a huge surprise that they would act so aggressively towards someone that wronged a member of the staff.

The Bank, however, is kind of between a rock and a hard place. They can't fire the guy without risk of a lawsuit, because he didn't really do anything that is unquestionably fireable. Sure, pissing off a key client could be taken as that, but simply hitting on someone is not illegal. And it is a very large bank that doesn't want to risk the lawsuit. Not to mention that they would like to be seen as standing up for their employees as well.

Most likely, they are really hoping that he quits...that would solve their problem nicely.

So that is where it stands now. We are, for the time being and foreseeable future, not a client of that particular bank, and won't be as long as he is there. I can tell that Admin still feels bad about the whole thing...she just didn't want to be in the middle of anything, even if it wasn't her fault (unless you hold her responsible for being so incredibly good I actually have a lunch date with her today, and we will chat about it if she wants to:-) I will report anything else I hear...

I hope today is as exciting!


Ally said...

Is MA an at-will state? If employees are at-will, you don't need a reason to fire them. Sure anytime you fire someone, you risk him suing; but since this guy would have no legal claim he would have a hard time finding a reputable attorney to take his case (and if an attorney did, it wouldn't get far). Or the bank could give him a severance package and ask him to sign a waiver.

This entire situation seems sort of weird. I feel bad for Admin.

Accidentally Me said...

Ally - You are already way past my legal knowledge. I would guess that the law here is VERY worker-friendly, though. He also is a member of two different "disadvantaged" groups, which would complicate things further. I don't think the bank would be worried about losing, they would be worried about their being a lawsuit at all.

ella said...

This kind of inappropriate behavior happens at my office all the time. Thankfully most of us just take it in jest. But we are a total fodder for law suit, though we are an at will state.

I've had similar things happen to me in the past, but I've just ignored it. I think it's great that our company is really standing up for her.

allbilly said...

even more reason not to go to "networking" functions.

Ys said...

I was wondering about the legal side of it cos surely you can't sack a guy just for hitting on someone? I don't know US-work/sacking laws and have never heard of anything like this happening before so I feel completely clueless here lol!

Rachel said...

You have such an interesting office environment! I must admit that I'm a little jealous. I would like to have some drama at the office every once and awhile. It would make for a nice change of pace, I'm sure.