Open letter to the Chief Executive Officer

I need some help this morning. I need to understand what is in your head in today’s economic climate. As I understand it your role as CEO is to protect the interests of the stakeholders and the bottom line of the organization. As a result you tell the market that you can not assist the unemployed because you need to protect the bottom line. I totally understand that.

What I do not understand is how you protect the interests of the stakeholders when by your very actions you and your peers have racked up a total of 64 billion dollars in fines from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission because you or someone in your organization has felt that under your direction it is totally acceptable to make some very dumb decisions.

How do you protect the stakeholder interests and your bottom line by charging against the organization bottom line a $3,000,000 fine for discrimination against your employees in your hiring process? This is on top of another fine of equal value for misclassifying your employees as 1099’s instead of real employees. These are not isolated cases. Since August of 2011 I have received notices of 225 fines levied against your organizations for various forms of blatantly illegal actions on your part.

Where is your responsibility to protect your brand when as head of the organization you believe that discrimination is the way to protect the organization? Where is the responsibility to society to be a good citizen when you believe that discrimination is the correct path? Further what kind of message are you sending to your kids when they learn that their parent obviously believes that not every person in their organization is entitled to equal treatment under the law.

I have never been in your shoes but I am the offspring of a former peer of yours. So let me provide my take on the situation. You have the responsibility first to your organization to be watchful of the bottom line. You also have the responsibility to the greater community to be a good citizen. Take the time to really look at your organization and find out what they are really doing. Take the time to let the managers now that they also have these responsibilities even if it is just to protect the brand. Their purpose is to find the right candidate for the right position in the right place at the right time. Providing the model to the available human capital that your corporate ethics allow you to make some very dumb moves is not protecting the stakeholders or the return on investment. How many new employees who may very well assist you in being innovative in the marketplace could you hire for 64 billion dollars? I am not a math wiz but at an average salary of $50,000 plus benefits you could make a real dent in the unemployment numbers by directing fines for doing things that you know are wrong to hiring those wh can benefit your organization.

So before your management team members make another really dumb decision, ask them to stop and think about the interests of those they are supposed to be protecting before taking steps to protect the organization for the wrong reason.Show the world that in this tough economic tomes we are in that you understand your role as a world citizen. Show the world that you are in tune with the marketplace and that there is a need for providing a safe, equitable and professional environment within your organization.

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