How one colleague's failure to do the right thing became the benchmark for the four who followed—and the damage they left in their wake.

I actually started my protest last summer, but my transmission went out before I had a chance to make my presence known. I had been unemployed since I was exiled from Bank of America on the very first day of my dream job. Officially I was still eligible to return to the bank even after being fired twice, but with my honesty there was no way I was ever getting back the door. After being ratted out for no reason, I wasn’t about to return to BofA and have someone put me through that nightmare again–so I was going to be transparent about the whole thing up-front. I have never misrepresented any aspect of this entire story, and I can back that up with my record.

But the people who interviewed me for the academic shop didn’t ask how my contract ended in 2010, they just asked about what I did in the job. Had they asked about how the contract came to a close, I would have answered honestly, and most likely not gotten the offer. No manager wants to hear about that kind of drama, so there is no reason to bring it up unless you’re asked a question that obligates you to answer–which I will deliver truthfully even knowing the consequences. All they had to do was look at my application though, for it clearly states in my employment history that I was terminated in 2010 for telling a colleague he acted in an unprofessional manner.

And now I’m an outcast–because of people who didn’t even rise to the bare minimum of their responsibility by any reasonable standard.

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