Fired for Lunchtime?

by Joshua Foust on 7/1/2009 · 3 comments

Sanjar—a blog I have followed closely for years—claims IRD, a USAID contractor with several hundred million dollars of contracts in Afghanistan, has fired him for asking why Afghan employees are treated differently than expatriate employees at their offices in Kabul. I really cannot excerpt his post, but if true this is a pretty terrible thing to do on IRD’s part.

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Laurence Jarvik July 2, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Josh, Thank you for posting the link to this very interesting story.

Keith Woodruff July 23, 2009 at 10:20 pm

I know some history to this, lets just say that good staff are not fired for reasons like commenting on lunch. Good staff are not fired, high maintainance disloyal staff are.

Bruce Ward July 27, 2009 at 9:38 pm

High maintainance describes the situation accurately.

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