Hi all - asking for advice for a friend who resigned from his job (w/o job lined up) due to unethical and likely fraudulent actions leadership were taking. He tried to reason with the leadership team (c-suite, small company), but had no effect, so resigned since he would have to execute on those unethical/fraudulent decisions. He was only at this company for 3mo. He's looking for a new job and trying to figure out: what does he say when interviewers ask him why he left? Thank you in advance!

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He would have been better staying and refusing to perform the work. If he was fired1) he’d be eligible for unemployment, 2) he’d have a claim for legal action and 3) he could explain why he was fired and if legit- it would not look badly on him.

As he up and quit, there is no way to prove what happened ( he said / he said) and he needs to watch out for libel.

If I were him, he’s better off saying it wasn’t a “match” than try to justify what he’s claiming. As an HR person that would tip me off to a potential future problem employee.


I assume he would have documentation that he would have collected to support his position. Without knowing facts, it’s hard to say whether what he’s claiming is unethical. The only thing that matters really is if it’s illegal or wound cause harm to someone.

Contemporaneous documentation is always useful. Then contacting a lawyer for advice would have been advised prior to quitting.

This reminds me of some VP(?) who left Facebook this year citing ethics concerns. Because he was someone in a high profile position at Facebook, his resignation made the tech news for a while. If your friend were to follow his example, then your friend would make public posts on social media chronicling the series of events all the way up to their resignation. In this ex-Facebooker’s case, he was 100% upfront and included documentation of events with dates and times. Without any info of your friends to go on though, YMMV.

I was terminated by Deloitte after I reported an ethics (criminal) violation to leadership and to the police. I don’t say all that in job interviews as I want to focus on the job interview, not the past. I tend to make a joke about accounting firm culture and people generally laugh and move on.

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