Job Survival Tips: What to Do When You're Set Up for Failure, Before You're Fired

When you're more qualified for a new job than the individuals with whom you're going to be working, your mere presence can threaten them--so much that they conspire to make your life miserable, and ultimately, to get you fired. That's precisely what happened to a software engineer, whom we'll call John Doe, this summer. (John didn't want to use his real name in this story because he's pursuing legal action against his former employer.) Here, John explains how he was unfairly targeted at work and shares the lessons he learned from the experience. (Note that certain details have been changed to protect John's identity.)

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