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Im Russian-American, naturalized citizen, speak Russian at home. Wasone of 12IT technicians,the rest of the guys are Americans.In July Ive complained to our new CIO (ex-military from Cold War time, chief warrant officer, served 12 years) about porn and violent behavior of one of the company owners (700 people law firm with large internal IT; I dont care about porn, have seen tons of it at work, but in that case a senior partner was just driving me crazy pointing on his desktop XXX files, screaming and beating the desk why, why they keep getting rearranged!!!). Anyway, I email and tell CIO, he investigates, tells me that Im right, did a good thing to complain and that he told the guy to behave properly and to remove porn. He asked me if Ive told anybody else. I tell him 2 names of IT folks (another tech and our senior tech). Next day Im told not to work on that PC, it is too much for you to handle, then me and 2 guys Ive told about porn get Final warning to improve work performance" within 120 days (bogus reasons, never had any warnings, CIO has put some crap in it Ive never did, like reinstalling programs trying to fix them, bad customer service not a single example , did the same to the other guys). Im probably the best tech of the firm at that time tons of positive feedback from users, everybody likes me, no kidding here that idiot with porn was the only issue Ive had for 8 years . I ask CIO WTF, he points on his army medals on the wall and tells me that he wants me to succeed, that he has trained hundreds of folks in the military and will do it to me. OK, shit happens, whatever.
I work like never before (Alabama, single income with a wife a 3 yo, scared to lose my job), run around pleasing everybody, positive feedback skyrockets to the point senior partners call CIO and email the whole firm saying how good Im.
One day had to work on printer of the secretary of the guy who had porn (Ive complained about), went to his PC to print and saw all the porn still there. Whatever.Sometime in August Ive emailed HR about new gun law in Alabama (do they need a copy of concealed carry or not if we keep it in cars in closed container), never ever said that I have a pistol in my car just asked what their policy is. 2 weeks later CIO comes to department and says in front of other folks that he will be the first one I will shoot in the office one day. No kidding. WTF I say. Why? Russians have serious weapons in their possession. Dung, OK, whatever.In September I bring him his new phone and he asks me how Im doing. Working like crazy, pleasing everybody. Yeah, he replies, I get emails about you every day. But you know what, it is not about customer service, it is about tech skills. OK, whatever.In October an attorney Ive upgraded with Windows 7 months ago (finally, he was on broken XP and didnt want to move), calls CIO and screams on him because his PC drives him crazy and he never wanted Windows 7. Attorney is a patent guy, often mad, but actually a very nice person did that crap many times, but never so loud I get a call for him, run, he says that all is good, he called CIO to bitch for no reason, Helpdesk was slow to unlock a document, he is sorry. OK, whatever.
I email my manager (new guy who doesnt know the attorney) that attorney is always like that, he is frustrated with his patenting crap, gets mad often, but it goes away quickly. Say I will deal with it.
Next day talk to that patent attorney again. He says my CIO is sending bad emails about me, he is so sorry, can talk to CIO to tell him that it is not my fault and not to use it against me. WTF?Later on that day I work on IT committee leader PC (CIOs boss). Outlook issues nobody can fix, told by Microsoft girl to check his emails blah-blah-blah see my email first thing. CIO forwarded it to CEO, IT Board guy etc that basically Im an idiot cant write emails properly, dont have skills, frustrate users. Dont see a single email about anybody else, only about me. I say WTF, it is too much.10/4/13 I go to CEO and tell the Man that CIO is hostile towards me without any reason. Sends emails with lies about me, gives bogus final warnings, says he gets tons of emails from happy users but still I dont have freaking skills, our system shows I have tons of positive feedback, said in front of all that I will kill him first one day.
CEO listens and says that the only resolution he sees is for me to talk to CIO like man to man. He says he sees cultural differences, he will arrange meeting. He says CIO is like that because he (CEO) is giving him hard time. Crap, whatever.10/8/13 I print that email for meeting. Microsoft girl is there - a witness from HR CIO says. Cant talk like man to man, CIO refuses to talk until I tell him how I found about the email. An attorney told me about it. No, I called everybody Ive emailed it to, they didnt tell you. Did you see it on a computer while you were working on it? Sure thing I did. I printed it for you. He is happy, tells me he sent it because there were 6 follow up after upgrade, nobody else has so many, I dont have skills, most of the positive feedback I have is solicited blah-blah-blah. Tells me to go and check tickets. I tell him that everybody except him likes me, how the hell I can solicit 100+ feedback from users when some of them I barely know, that I cant sleep and eat because of all his lies and I just dont understand why he is throwing me under the bus like a dog. I was a little bit loud and was crying, yes, but I didnt call him names or anything of that sort. Like I said Microsoft girl was there all the time.10/9/13 I check the tickets of the patent guy. 6 calls, none is my problem. Web site didnt work, Java didnt run, document was locked crap like that. Talk to managers (nice people, were always saying Im their best tech) they also say there was nothing wrong I did. I put everything into I nice email and email CIO the results. hey, sorry blah-blah-blah, here are the results, nothing wrong I did, Sir.
2 hours later Im called to HR, CIO smiles to me and CEO tells me to be terminated or to resign. It is bad to print emails without permission and we just cant work together with CIO. If resign, they will keep me on payroll for another 3 weeks and I will be with the Firm, but dont need to come to work. Whatever, screw them, I resign.
No threats, no firearms on me or in my car, no violence, never had a single complaint of that sort, never arrested, didnt have a freaking traffic ticket. They bring my things from IT and an armed security takes me to my car with a facility manager. Always in a case like that it is just a manager, but for me they arranged an armed security. For 8 years I have never seen an armed security in our building, nobody else did, Ive checked later on. We go to the car, security is holding his hand on his handgun, and the whole freaking firm (10 floors) stares through the windows to see what is going on before I drive away. Im not kidding, it was the most humiliating thing I ever had in my life. 8 years over there, zero complaints, and they called a freaking guy with a revolver.
Ive got 45 very nice feedbacks on LinkedIn after Ive left, including from company owners (freaking CIO himself only has got 10 in his life). People I still talk to say they were in shock to see what has happened.
Ive send a letter to HR 2 weeks ago about CIO (mentioned porn and him saying I will start killing people one day, asked to investigate), CEO called me and said that they will investigate it internally since Im no longer with the Firm, and they will not inform me on the results. They cant hire me back because CIO manages IT and it is his decision blah-blah-blah.
Called an attorney I found in yellow book for a free consultation, but he said he doesnt deal with voluntary resignations and advised to contact Equal employment opportunity commission. Thats basically my story.
Thank you all for reading it