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LinkedIn Post Pissed Off Former Employer

I started working for a seed stage software company back in April (jumped ship from a floundering Series A company because they gave me a very attractive offer). June 1st they hit us with a layoff. Funny thing is, they're trying their damndest to avoid saying it was a layoff to avoid negative PR. Not sure what else you call it when you cut 5 people from a 15 person company across departments.


Anyway, I very quickly landed with another company that seems to really have its shit together and sells into a recession proof industry (education). I put together a kind of lengthy LinkedIn post detailing the layoff, my experience with early stage startups, and how I'm leaving that life behind me because I have a wife and 1 year old child to support.


Immediately get an email from the HR lady at my previous employer demanding I either heavily alter the post or take it down entirely as it's "unfair to the team, full of inaccuracies (I'm assuming she's referring to my use of the term 'layoff'), and goes against my termination agreement." I capitulated and took out any mention of their name and the word layoff and it seems to have appeased them.


All of this is to say, it left a pretty bad taste in my mouth. Even more than the layoff, honestly. Anyone have any experience with companies getting snippy about this kind of thing?

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SaaSam
Politicker
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Account Executive
None of my business but you should have told HR lady to pound sand. If they're struggling so hard they likely wouldn't spend the money to hire a lawyer anyways. Besides, what are they going to get in a lawsuit aside from more bad publicity and bringing something to light that they seem dead set on keeping in the dark.
jefe
Arsonist
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Head of Sales
HR from the old company can GTFO.

Definitely important to carefully read termination agreements though.
TennisandSales
Politicker
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Enterprise Account Executive
ummm yeah fuck off HR sorry. they do not control you or your posts. if there REALLY is a clause in the termination agreement about "deformation" then tell them to sue you. I would go back and put the name and "lay off" back in the post haha
SDRzo
Fire Starter
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Sales Rep
Oh wow, so sorry to hear that and your experience. No one shouldnโ€™t have to go through that (it's business at the end of the day) but how you treat your employees is another. Smh. Once again so sorry for that experience. Plus why should it matter you donโ€™t work there anymore I get how the company is trying to save face.
ego
Opinionated
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CEO of Burning Bridges
Fabricate threatening emails from throwaway addresses telling you to take down the post. Then post that.

But youโ€™ve got a family and stuff so you did the mature thing
desperado
Politicker
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Head of Sales
I would've just said sue me tbh
GTMLeader
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GTM Leader
I do have a number of thoughts, but first a couple of questions: 1) Did the HR representative identify, or did you ask, what was inaccurate about your LinkedIn post? & 2) what is in your separation/termination agreement, especially if there is anything around company disparagement and what did the company offer you in exchange for you signing the agreement?
GrizzleMcThornBody
Arsonist
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See? Sweeeeeeet.
tell her to mind her own business
Justatitle
Politicker
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Mid Market AE
HR lady on her high horse. Sounds like itโ€™s not going to matter in a year anyway
sketchysales
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Sales Manager
Here's an idea, put a pic of their email I to the comments, even without the detail in the post. You know, just some real sneaky 007 shit on them
Pachacuti
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They call me Daddy, Sales Daddy
You gotta watch out for those severance agreements and employment contracts. Your pissed but public forums arenโ€™t the place to vent. They probably have deeper pockets and can cost you a ton of money in lawyer fees without ever even suing you.

Better off going on Glassdoor and vent there. Or just moving on.
nomdeguerre
Valued Contributor
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VP of Channel Partner Sales
HR people are so dumb and annoying. Tell her to F off
rSmothersIII
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Specialist
Iโ€™m confused as to why you responded at all.
Kosta_Konfucius
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Sales Rep
This is one if those in my opinion is to pick you battles, good move deleting the company name
IamBD
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Account Manager
I had the same experience 5 months ago
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