14 Feb 2001 jmelesky   » (Apprentice)

Grraaah. Such is the price of ethicality, or something.

See, there's a good chance i'm about to lose my job. Specifically, there's a good chance i'm about to lose my job over something stupid, over my stubbornness and their stubbornness and the lack of compromise.

I'd been working here for some five months when i realized that i didn't remember filling out a List of Prior Inventions. So i checked with HR to see if i had signed an NDA or confidentiality agreement or whatever. Turns out i hadn't, so they handed me one and told me to look it over, sign it, and return it.

I actually read it. And it was absurdly broad, laying claim to all intellectual property that i create during my time of employment. So i pointed it out, pointed out why it was wrong, and made some suggestions to remedy.

In return, they informed me that they weren't going to change it.

Of course, it really isn't that big a deal, since, legally, they wouldn't be able to successfully lay claim to something which wouldn't also be covered by a more appropriately narrow agreement. But legal atmospheres change, and many of these sorts of disagreements don't make it to actual legal action anyhow, and i'm beginning to feel leaned on by their attempts to get me to sign, and it's all just a big, nasty headache.

And, it goes without saying, the whole thing is a good deal more complicated than i'm presenting it. It's just frustrating to hear people tell me "Yeah, you're absolutely in the right on this one, but sign it anyway because we're not going to change it."


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