Poll: Firing Someone Who Doesn't Deserve It?

Last Updated Apr 15, 2008 9:41 AM EDT

Today's poll deals with a scenario a friend of mine recently found himself in. The problem is simple and all-too-common, but its potential solutions are complex.

Your Dilemma: Your boss demands that you fire a subordinate, and you know this is because the two just don't seem to get along. The problem is that the subordinate is, in your opinion, an extremely valuable employee, and you don't feel the firing is justified.[poll id=38]I'm sure some of you have run into similar situations. I'd love to hear how you did, or would, handle it in the comments section.

Have a workplace-ethics dilemma you'd like to see in this poll? Email wherestheline (at) gmail.com

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    William Baker is a freelance writer living in Cambridge, MA. His work has appeared in Popular Science, the Boston Globe Magazine, the New York Daily News, Boston Magazine, The Weekly Dig and a bunch of other places (including Field & Stream, though he doesn't hunt and can't really fish). He is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe, where he writes the weekly column, "Meeting the Minds." He holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is at work on his first book.