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Poll: Would You Risk Your Job To Defend Someone?


Would you risk your job to stand up for someone?

Recently, a waiter refused to serve a table of customers because one of them made a nasty comment about another customer, a five-year-old with Down syndrome.

Although they were regular customers of the restaurant, the waiter would not serve them solely on principle, furiously asking, “‘How could you say that?”

Typically, not serving customers is grounds for firing; however, instead of losing his job for not serving the table, the waiter has been hailed as a hero for standing up for the boy.

In this situation, most people would agree that this was the right thing to do, regardless of the consequences. But what if you were in an office setting, and the boss openly bullied a co-worker? Would you stand up for them? Or would you stay out of it and not risk your job?

Please take our poll, and tell us what you think in the comment section!

Would you risk your job to defend someone?

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Ariella Coombs

Ariella is the Content Manager for CAREEREALISM. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.


  1. Bernhard H. Schmitz

    If I am in an environment which supports bad things and suppresses good things, I am in an dysfunctional environment, and I should leave rather sooner than later, and invest my life time in the right environment. Or is there any career strategy which works better in dysfunctional environments? Perhaps for sociopaths.

  2. Depends on the circumstances–what created the scenario, the culture of the organization, how bad I need my job, what difference this will really make. In general, when somebody gets attacked, the team around them is deaf blind and dumb. Might even be wildfire gossip fodder the next morning. That will be culture to keep your mouth shut. So, it depends on everything what I say or do. It is not my plan to be the mouthpiece for the wrongdoings–many people do not stand up for themselves, and depend on others to be the sacrificial lamb in their place. Depends depends depends.

  3. The last time I stood up for a coworker, it cost me my job. It felt wonderful at the time, but the ensuing 15 months of unemployment have not felt so great. Given the opportunity for a do-over, knowing how hard this time has been, I would have played blind and deaf. Everyone for themselves. Pity.

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