I've been working a job at a startup for almost two months now, and I've been getting more and more uncomfortable with my work situation. My boss is often difficult to work with, and recently he had fired, unjustly I felt, a fellow coworker.
When I started, me and this coworker put our names down for a grant to help the company financially, which stated that we going to be working there for at least a year (nothing was signed, it was just a typed name and date). This coworker was having financial issues (he was being paid min wage for a job that should pay much more) because the boss did not give him the raise he was promised (part of the reason he took the job in the first place despite initial low pay and a baby to take care of)
Luckily this coworker had been offered a much better full time position somewhere else. When he gave his notice though, he was informed that he can't quit, and won't be getting a raise. The next day, the boss fired him and threatened to sue on the grounds of the grant.
At this point, I don't know what to do. I want this coworker to be happy (this new job is much better for him and his kid) and I don't want him to get sued. This whole thing just added to my previous discomfort and frustration here, but I'm in a similar situation. I don't know if I can just quit because of this grant thing, and having worked here for only a bit coming out of college make this even more difficult. I'm also stuck because I signed a year lease on my apartment.
Any advice on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated. Thanks