A question recently posted in a comment from my virtual-soon-to-be-tangible friend Vegemitevix had me thinking about this. There is a whole story behind the reason for it being there in the first place, so I figured enough time has passed now for me to illuminate you a tad more.
For those of you who are relatively new to this blog, let me recap, very briefly, work-related events of the past year. Now pay attention closely.
- LCM has senior position with tech company which she thoroughly enjoys: great team, super boss, lovely colleagues, challenging clients, innovative products
- firm is taken over by B'Stard Company
- everything starts to go tits up
- LCM is made redundant
- LCM finds new job
Except that LCM had underestimated the level of obsessive distrust by the Paranoid Former Employer (aka PFE) which - despite their name never being mentioned, nor those of any employees of the company past or present - decided to take issue with the matter and insinuate all manner of libel and slander and the like. They even threw in the kitchen sink (metaphorically-speaking) for good measure.
Which, considering I was insignificant enough to be ditched, is, well, pretty pathetic really.
And the new job LCM landed put her right back in the firing line (as in 'cause for contention', not as in being laid off again or placed in front of a firing squad - although PFE would have relished that I think) as it entailed advising a key client on new technology for which PFE was one of the two vendors bidding for the business. (Are you confused yet?)
Did I mention that I had also done the original pitch for PFE with this client? No, I thought not.
So, despite my new role being that of an 'impartial advisor' on the project, PFE went ballistic, got their knickers in a total twist and started spitting chips at every available opportunity. And then some.
It was ugly. Worse than this.
Anyway, to cut a looooooooooong and very boooooooring story short, legal advice put things to right, a standard compromise agreement was signed and that was that.
However, since PFE have a tendency to play nasty - and sadly other former colleagues have also borne testament to this, so it was not 'just me' - and still like to come by and have a snoop (*waves*), I have put the Freedom of Speech article on the side, as a subtle reminder.
It's a bit like children really. You have to keep on repeating yourself until the message finally gets through.
p.s. Of course, as part of the compromise agreement I had to remove all posts mentioning PFE or anonymous nick-named associates, a huge shame as some of them were very, very entertaining, even if I say so myself. But possibly too close to the mark which is why they took exception to them. Never mind. There will always be the book one day.