Help! My Co-Founders Have Turned Into Jerks

by Evil HR Lady on April 20, 2017

We four friends started an advertising company. I was given the role of business development manager. I love the job but during the course of time, the two partners who are better skilled became the self-proclaimed CEO and CMO suddenly. Then started the unfair treatment. They made us two feel like employees and often insult and humiliate us in front of people working under me. In fact, all the employees feel the two are senior management and I am working under them.

One partner quit the company because he couldn’t take it anymore. Both of them being workaholics has affected my personal and social life (which is literally dead). We work an average of 12 hours a day often reaching home after 11 pm only to come back to work the next morning at 11 am. The stress level has increased. No amount of hard work I do is appreciated. One small mistake and it’s stuck to me like a leech. They say one small weakness overpowers all my hard work.

Once I was under immense depression due to a break up (my fiance cheated on me). They said I should not mix personal life to work life and gave me an option to quit since I was underperforming (of course a lecture with humiliation).

What am I to do in this situation. Is this enough reason to resign and start finding a new job though the business prospects are good.

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grannybunny April 20, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Disclaimer: I am a retired attorney and former member of the judiciary. Depending upon the legal structure of the business, a “founder” may not be an “employee,” so “resigning” may not be the correct approach. This person definitely needs legal counsel. If she, in fact, has an ownership interest in the business — which a “founder” normally would — she is probably entitled to an accounting of the value of that interest and would want to take legal steps to dissolve her interest, which could also involve dissolving the current legal structure of that business.

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Jill April 20, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Don’t just quit (as in walk away) without consulting an attorney. Even if you no longer want to work with these jerks, you still likely have a financial claim. Don’t let them bully you out of it!

And don’t feel like you have to stay because you were a founder. People leave jobs all the time. You may have helped start this business but it’s clearly taken on a life of it’s own and you don’t like the direction things are going. It’s OK to leave! (Just get your money first!).

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