First some background:
There used to be a very bright, self-taught, intelligent young man working for my organization in IT. There was a change of leadership (CIO resigned, a new one was hired) and the new CIO quickly started showing her colors to the employees under her command. This CIO is working towards obtaining their Master's degree (and our organization is merely a stepping stone for him / her). This person called the young man aside and told him that he / she was going to give him a wonderful opportunity - this bright young man could take the CIO's college courses and add to his own computer skills in exchange for giving the CIO the grade. This young man rightfully refused this "deal" and immediately became the object of her hatred and hostility.
It was only a few months later that I became aware of the CIO's conduct (apparently this young man had gone to one of the "senior" employees in HR for assistance right away, and the HR person ran straight to the CIO). By now this bright young man was experiencing medical problems I am convinced are due to the treatment (abuse) he was subject to while at work. I had given him the protections afforded by the FMLA (which weren't nearly enough in this case) and called the HR Director to my office so he would be aware of the conduct of the CIO and seek the tremination of that employment contract.
Instead he tried his hardest to get this young man, who he should have been protecting, to quit. He got his wish...
When my Director left, I pursued the only option I had left (unfortunately, as an "indian" I lack the authority necessary to protect employees as I would like). I gave the employee a list of contacts (Human Rights, ACLU, EEOC) and BEGGED him to please get an attorney and sue.
I often wonder just where this young man is at now and how he is doing. I hope he is happy and much healthier than he was while working for my employer. I still regret being unable to do more for him. He deserved to be protected from his boss from the pits of hell - not left hanging out in the open for failures that weren't his own and beyond his control.
His "CIO" intentionally targeted him seeking to fire him or force him into quitting (whichever came first). Because HR didn't do the right thing, other employees have and are now enduring similar assaults. Another IT employee suffered a heart attack which his doctor has stated in writing is due to the abusive behavior of his "leader" (I would fault HR here, as well).
The final insult -
This CIO doesn't even know what "Symantec" is and why it is important that it be loaded on a computer...
And my employer hired this person because???