You Decide: Was Isaac Guest Fired from Work Unjustly?
November 23, 2011 7 Comments
We now have both sides of the story. We pieced together a story involving the firing of Isaac Guest a week ago. You can read more about it here, but in short, he says he was terminated for a series of write-ups involving medical absences associated with his wife. This culminated an an interview we shared with him on Episode 251 – Alpine Follow Up where we tried to clarify some holes we saw in the story.
Before the show today, we reached out to the PR department for the Alpine Access company. It’s absolutely foolish to take a recently fired employee at his word, and we absolutely have no intention of doing this. We picked up this story because of the severity of the charge, and yes we are willing to give people a voice. We are a small show with a relatively small audience, so it’s a courtesy to offer a platform to people that may not be able to make the large media outlets. We decided to explore the story. Alpine responded promptly with a press release that confirmed many of the questions that were raised with Isaac’s accusations. You can read their response here.
Now here’s what I think based on the above. I was looking for consistency in Isaac’s interview. We did not tell him about the press release from Alpine before we went on the air intentionally. I wanted to check his account against Alpine’s and know that it was uninfluenced by their own statement.
There were some discrepancies that I noted during the course of the interview. For one, it felt like rather than this guy having this enormously compelling storyline a week after he got fired from his job, that we really spent a lot more time trying to bring unmentioned details of the story out of him. It took a series of questions for him to finally indicate that he had some absences outside of the time he was concerned about (i.e. being affected by the May thunderstorm outbreak). He also characterized the “overhaul” within the company on a conflicting timeline (at the beginning of the show he said it was in July, when he talked about the thunderstorms he said in happened in May). He also seemed apprehensive about lawyering up which came off as odd because if his account of the story was really true, he’d stand to make some sort of settlement. He seemed more worried about attorney costs which he’d be unaffected by. He was also fired three weeks after his last “reported” absence.
At this point I’m beginning to think that Alpine made efforts to help Isaac resolve a more endemic performance problem and determined that it was just not worth the effort any more. I’m not going to get any more detailed then that. In summary we have Isaac who says he was fired as a result of this company’s mishandling of his medical-related absences, and Alpine which says he missed hundreds of hours and despite making the effort to help him out, he did not meet their standards.
We also had a guest commenter who pointed this detail out during the show tonight:
Guest “I work for Alpine, and we all signed a form saying we were at will employees. He could be terminated for any reason”
Having laid all of this in front of you we ask the question again: