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  • What should I do? Paid Suspension in Arizona

    I am an exempt employee who today was suspended with pay. I was called by my boss and HR and they were asking me if I am currently working for another company in the same industry, which is not true. They said that a customer presented a business card with my name claiming I also work for this other company as well. I have never worked for two companys at the same time.

    Although, I have promoted, not sold, equipment from different companies other than mine to my customers since our equipment is more expensive. I provide the service they get the equipment from us or somewhere else, I dont care. I know is in our policy we can not promote other companies equipment. I am only doing it to benefit the customer as I dont make any profit out of that and I most definitely do not have any document that shows any type of association with any other company. All my co-workers do the same thing. Everyone knows it is done, but nobody says anything, even upper managment knows because we care more about getting the business than selling the equipment.

    HR even asked me if I have another cell number where prospects can contact me, which I dont. I am now afraid that through the investigation, they might find reasons to terminate me because of the equipment or any other reason, not the double work claim. I was asked if I was willing to sign a legal document stating that I have never worked for another company, to which I answered yes. Should I just sign this document? Its the first time this ever happens to me. Should I start looking for another job? If they do fire me, dont I have the right to know who presented this business card since it is jeopardizing my identity?
    Last edited by supernavi; 09-29-2008, 09:00 PM.

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    I can't tell you whether to sign the form - it's your decision. However; if you have never worked for another company, you can truthfully sign it that you haven't.

    It's also your decision whether to look for another job - I don't know if you will be fired. However, it would not be illegal to terminate you for promoting another company's product. You can be terminated at any time for any reason not prohibted by law (ie age, religion, gender) or unless you have a bona fide employment contract or CBA to the contrary.

    No, they do not have to tell you who presented the business card.
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