Here’s how it all started, with an email to my new direct supervisor and her boss. My new boss was on a tear to build an empire, and had began a systematic process of tearing apart the group, in order to replace my hard-working coworkers with her cronies. How sad: We were a well-oiled machine that had brought our datacenter from the non-perfoming to a top facility. I was her first target. Though I had several years of excellent reviews, winning promotions even amidst the crumbling of the tech revolution and its many layoffs and dismissals, she began an unrelenting attack on my character and skills that lasted three months. Finally, I couldn’t take it any more:
From: Chris Brewer [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 8:37 AM
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
My FY03 mid-year performance review contains false statements
and misstatements of fact by manager, [Name Withheld],
which tarnish my reputation and cast doubt upon my character.
Her defamatory accusations are not borne of fact.
[Name Withheld], my Managing Director, has accepted her
review without seeking my input, even though in past reviews
I received high ratings which resulted in a promotion. Ms.
[Name Withheld]'s review contains comments which run directly
counter to my efforts and accomplishments of the past and
present. Ms. [Name Withheld] draws her conclusions from a
total of 3 months with BearingPoint.
No person, regardless of the state of the US economy, should
have to endure unsubstantiated claims and slanderous
allegations by a hostile manager. I therefore have no
alternative than to submit my immediate resignation.