If You are a Concerned Employee Read This

It seems that even for reading certain critical websites at work can put you into trouble. At Zero Hedge they published tips on how to avoid such issues at work:

As of this writing we know of two individuals who have been confronted by the Human Resources group of their employers, both financial institutions, in connection with their reading Zero Hedge or emailing the Zero Hedge team. In one of these cases said individual was summarily terminated after an investigation.

We must be doing something right.

We would, however, prefer that we found out about our impact in a manner that does not involve the termination of our readers. Given this, it seems prudent to make some suggestions about contacting the Zero Hedge team.

1. Don’t email us directly from work.

Somewhere out there, there is a log with your address and ours on it. If your employer is likely to peruse such things (pretty much guaranteed if you work at a financial institution) you might be in for a bit of scrutiny. Don’t play that game.

2. Use encrypted webmail.

If you must email from work, after being sure you aren’t violating your employer’s network usage policies, use a good webmail provider that allows SSL encrypted browsing. We are quite fond of hushmail.com, but your mileage may vary.

3. Consider not using any of your employer’s resources when contacting us (or your lawyer for that matter).

Yes, we want to hear from you yesterday. Yes, we can probably wait until later tonight. Consider the sad tale of Maria Stengart as outlined in Stengart v. Loving Care:

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Zero Hedge even goes further and requests you to consider contacting them if you have relevant information regarding potential problems inside your company. It seems that some people have already done that, please read here.

This is a cause I think worth supporting, because you need to deal with big corporations by exposing their fraud, lies and deceit.

However, a cautionary note from me: If you have any suspicions do not talk to anyone inside your company or any former employees of that company, or to employees of potential business partners of your employer about anything. A good choice is to talk first to a lawyer you can trust, i.e. one who is not linked to your employer.

Be aware that there is a risk involved in stepping forward, you might expose yourself to retaliation from and to legal actions by your employer.

My view is it  can be worthwile to voice your suspicions even if you are not sure what is going on or what your impressions mean. With information from different sources, it might be possible to get the whole picture and see whether there is a real issue or not. Sometimes it might take some time to figure that out, though.

However, this is your call and make it wisely. What is certain is that it will not be possible or at least very much harder to do, without your help.

Take care, good luck and thanks for showing courage.