I know I go by the name Evil HR Lady, but that’s more tongue-in-cheek and a reflection on the negative attitude people have towards HR people in general. Plus, who would read a column written by the Warm and Fuzzy HR Lady? Not you, I’m sure.
But, honestly, I’m a nice person and I help people out. I answer far more questions than I publish and genuinely hope that my readers get jobs, keep jobs, get promoted, and get along with their strange coworkers. But, niceness has it’s limits, and that’s why when I found a company blog that consisted largely of poorly plagiarized Evil HR Lady columns, I had to act.
I called the main company switchboard and asked to speak to the person whose name was on the blogs. He was on vacation, so I left a message telling him who I am and that plagiarizing my articles was a “jerky” thing to do and to please email me. (Yes, that is as strong as my language gets. Turns out I am warm and fuzzy.)
Well, yesterday I got a very apologetic email. Turns out that the person I contacted was the boss of the actual blog “writer.” The perpetrator wrote, in part
If it is any consolation, please be aware that I received a serious disciplinary action as consequence of my actions.
Interestingly enough, if this person worked for me, the disciplinary action would have been termination, but I feel slightly bad for getting this person in trouble. Not that she didn’t deserve it. She did. Stealing numerous articles, changing a few words here and there, and posting it on a website that represents a company should be a fireable offense.
I did reply to the confessional email and asked:
To keep reading, click here: Are You Sure Your Company Blog is Legal? (Or Why I Busted Someone For Plagiarism)
And, yes, this is from the archives. I stumbled up on it today, and Inc is still down and I have all this new content there, just waiting for the site to come back! So it’s a rerun today, but I promise this is a really good rerun. And I don’t even work for CBS anymore, so I don’t benefit from sharing this in any way, except the joy of sharing a good story.