- invisibility cloak
- 10 years ago
- Wedding: August 2011
I’m a regular poster here but considering all that will go into this post i feel i should keep myself anonymous. i’m going to try my best (without full knowledge of the situation) to explain to you what is going on.
My husband has been working for a company for about 4 years now. He is really good at his job and has excellent performance reviews over the years. His father is CEO of the company but not the owner, they are backed by a board of investors.
Basically my husbands father takes companies that are drowning and makes them profitable before selling it to someone else. My husband was just out of college and working for a financial institution in florida when his dad asked him if he wanted to come work with him: note: this company did not have an anti-neopotism policy when he was hired.
fast foward 4 years – my husband has gone through the ringer with this company, they were doing ok, then failing, and now they are back on top and closed one of the biggest deals that will most likely make the company go public and them be able to sell, so we were super excited – more opportunities for him, job security, stock options…then the bad news came.
My father in law took us to dinner last week to tell us that the board members have placed an anti-nepotism policy on the company and now my husband is being forced out of the company based soley on a “rule” that was put in place 4 years after he was hired without even taking into consideration his performance.
i understand why people frown upon nepotism and favoritism – people should not just be handed jobs because of their family but every situation is different and i know my husband worked his butt off to be where he is and was never given special treatment because of his family origin. That job was not a cake walk for him – if anything he had to work extra hard because people knew his dad was CEO.
back to the situation – it was very very difficult for my Father-In-Law to tell us what was happening, the dinner was very emotional (who wants to fire their kid?) and knowing that we are newley married and trying to get our new life together so i know that his father has not part in this decision and it comes down to the board memebers – now this is just a guess but i’m assuming something went down between the board members and his dad and as a slap in the face to him they created this “rule” that his kids cannot work there, conflict of interest and all. i get it, but why now? why all of a sudden? thats what makes me think it was deliberate and retaliation against his dad.
On top of that we found out he would recieve 1 months severence when he was terminated. 1 month? i take that personally…they had gone through layoffs about year ago and those people recieved 3 months – 3 months is what their company handbook says ( which states nothing of nepotism ) so that was just a slap in the face to us.
I’m wondering, do any of you bee’s know if suing is an option? i dont know if its a road we would travel down on considering his father still is employed there and family comes first. but i would like to know if its an option for us?
The problem – i know every state is different and our state is a “right to work” state which means you can pretty much get fired without the employer having proper reasoning so i just dont know what our options are – if we have any.
normally i would just say let it go but something about this just seems really really wrong and messed up.
anyone know anything about this? or have a similar expereince?