Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Three Reasons Employment Goading is Unethical

Employment goading is a term that I'm here coining to describe the practice of nudging an individual who is qualified for and hireable for their employment of choice into a specific company or position that they have not applied to and are not interested in (distinguishable from an individual being asked by a preferred employer or one to which they've actually applied for employment to perform duties beyond the typical scope of a position of hire or a preferred employer offering a position of employment to a candidate in lieu of a position that they were initially being considered for). Employment goading could also consist of nudging an individual to return to a previous employer that they're not interested in returning to.

Employment goading involves unmeritedly discouraging potential employers of interest to an applicant from hiring them, whether by relaying of false/defamatory information about the candidate, or, in some extreme cases, actually threatening the desired employer to not hire the individual, for the purpose of goading them (the employment candidate) into a specific company or position, for either malicious and/or other reasons that are of benefit (often financial) to the goader(s). The following three points are the ultimate reasons that employment goading is unethical and should be avoided:

1. People have a right to work wherever they want to work, or wherever there's a mutual employment interest.

2. Employment goading is a form of stalking and harassment (in some instances a form of quid quo pro sexual harassment) that can cause distress to a victim seeking to avoid the goaders...

3. Employees have a right to a safe, harassment-free work environment and away from anyone that they'd rather establish a distance from.

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