Thought Experiment for June 2014

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I’d like to conduct a little thought experiment with your¬†input and feedback. Here’s a topical one:

Let’s say I worked for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in their IT support staff. I had no knowledge of nor involvement in the recent controversy/allegations about secret waiting lists, false statistics, etc. that may have resulted in the neglect or deaths of veterans.¬†

My friend, a returned soldier with injuries who isn’t getting the assistance he needs, has told me my employer has harmed him and his family and that our friendship is pretty much over.

Is my friend being unfair? Or should I understand my choice of employers affects my reputation, friendships, etc.?

I look forward to your responses and insights.