Have you ever been in a situation where you are working with an extremely disrespectful co-worker?


My answer to Have you ever been in a situation where you are working with an extremely disrespectful co-worker?

Answer by Ken Larson:

Yes; a Boeing executive on a multi-million dollar government program called “The Reserve Component Automation System (RCAS). He was a Director of Administration to whom I reported.

Watching him control the support functions, I realized that he was a showman with government and Boeing executive management, but a tyrant to his co-directors and to his staff. I had never seen a more vicious or cunning person in my many years in the business.

I realized that a multi-million dollar program of over twelve years in duration attracts such people. The administration director manipulated human resources, intimidated his managers with threats, flew off the handle behind closed doors and set up my co-manager for a sexual harassment suit. Two women who were subsequently promoted and transferred, filed a complaint at the director's encouragement. The complaint turned out to be bogus.

However the process of adjudicating the suit tainted the otherwise stellar career of my partner. The women did not implicate the director, who now used the suit as an excuse to split my co-manager's function, reducing the visibility this expert had formerly enjoyed on the program.

The program was later taken away from Boeing by the government and two members of the staff were convicted of fraud. I had left the job by that time, having discovered the fraud and reported it anonymously.

Have you ever been in a situation where you are working with an extremely disrespectful co-worker?


About rosecoveredglasses

2 Tours in US Army Vietnam. Retired from 36 Years in the Defense Industrial Complex after working on 25 major weapons systems, many of which are in use today in the Middle East. Volunteer MicroMentor. I specialize in Small, Veteran-owned, Minority-Owned and Woman-Owned Businesses beginning work for the Federal Government. MicroMentor is a non-profit organization offering free assistance to small business in business planning, operations, marketing and other aspects of starting and successfully operating a small enterprise. You can set up a case with me at MicroMentor by going to: http://www.micromentor.org/ key words: "Federal Government Contracting"

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