I'm a web designer and I've been working at my current company now for about 6/7 months and I've witnessed many questionable things. Some of which I know are against the law but some of which I really don't know.
I think I'll start with the lies.
He lies so much. To me, to other employees, to clients, to the government and god knows who else.
The lies he tells to the clients range from lies about deadlines and progress (which I sometimes understand) but the lies I don't know how to take are about what he tells clients on how we build our sites. He sells all our sites as bespoke, handcoded and uniquely built sites when in reality we just download a template and change the content/photos.
This to me feels a bit like fraud but I'm still new to this industry so I'm not sure.
On top this we discovered that our rival offer government grants to clients for up to £2000 for website development. After some research he found that you have to meet certain criteria to access this fund. He then went about creating a lie so that we as a company would qualify when in reality we don't at all.
The guy who was my manager when I started (he has left now) was also a shareholder had his wages withheld as a motivational tool. I was convinced that this was illegal but I've heard that because he was a shareholder there is no legal requirement for him to have a wage. Is this true?
We also have a fire exit which is locked, caged, padlocked and tied with a rope shut all day as he is paranoid. This one I am convinced is illegal and have reported it today (just waiting for a reply):
The reason I have decided to write this question now is because as the only developer left I am having to attend a meeting with a client who has been lied to an unbelievable amount but beforehand I have to have a briefing with him to catch up on all the lies he has told them (his words not mine).
I don't know what to do as I am looking elsewhere but need to keep this job in the short term. I am not comfortable with lying and my ability to even keep the lies up but I don't think he'll react well to me being unwilling.
I can't believe I forgot to out this one. He told me that if I am ever asked (even by a friend, for free) to do any freelance work then I HAVE to give them his number and do it through the business or he has to fire me for it is written in my contract. To me that sounds like crap but then again I know nothing of employment law.