Indentured Servants

For anyone out there who thinks we in the States are NOT regressing towards rabid capitalism have only to click on the title of this entry to read all about it.

Microsoft has essentially made an indentured servant out of one of its executives. He does not have freedom of contract. He cannot ply his trade elsewhere. He cannot make a LIVING except at Microsoft.

Microsoft claims that its trade secrets would be in jeopardy related to search engines. Since when did they have any ideas to steal?

So this guy is screwed, but for how long? How long is that dumb judge going to force this guy to work with Microsoft? Doubtless the executive is senior in his business and has a lot of knowlege. Is he now supposed to start something else as a novice?

Econo-Girl is wrestling with this problem herself. She has a manager who won't let her go and stops other opportunities for her. So there she is, in a box like a bug. Oh, and did I mention that I am not being promoted LIKE THE TWENTY-SOMETHINGS I WORK WITH? He does this with others, too. I mentioned to someone the other day how indentured servitude is illegal and someone should tell this guy. It seems I was wrong.


The Lazy Iguana said...

I would go back to Microsoft, and then become the world's biggest slacker.

I would show up to work in shorts, and tow my jet ski to work. After everyone saw my jet ski, I would leave work early because of a "meeting" I had to go to.

In short, I would get fired. Then I would go work for someone else. Or sell all my stock options and retire.

And - I never knew that microsoft had a search engine! I pretty much only use google. Yahoo search sucks, unless you are looking for something for sale in a yahoo store.

Saur♥Kraut said...

WOW. I hadn't heard of this before. I guess I'm not the only indentured servant. :p

Econo-Girl said...

Oooooh, I am so mad. So Econo-Girl needs to make her own provisions to escape. It is my plan to quit without notice, which is possible in this evil state.