I was working at company x three months ago where I found some serious financial & data irregularities. I raised them in front of my bosses but as they were involved they did not take any action. I escalated. I have used whistleblowing hotline of the company x and informed the audit department. While Audit department and the top management has taken preventive measures, my immediate boss got some intel of my involvement in this.
And in later months, company x had to lay off staff in hundreds and my immediate boss managed to lay off me giving my name in the list of staff to be laid off (My bosses were threatening me for quite some time to fire me and asking me to resign by myself in x months). My bosses also asked me to shut up when I was leaving otherwise they will not let me get another job or at least make it difficult for me and come after me as they have a lot of contacts everywhere.
Now I am searching new jobs and in company y, I have had three interviews so far and my expectations are I will be selected if nothing goes wrong. During the interviews, I have told that I had been laid off and there were hundreds of other staff members who had been laid off with me (I reason that perhaps company x do not want to leave any proof about laying off me so I couldn't take them to court though I never had an intention of doing so, in Middle east such things are taboos). I have also pointed out to the recruiters I believe I pointed out the irregularities and thats why I had been laid off and I further inquired about it from company x’s HR department but the HR department told me your had been laid off as per policy.The top management of the company x also asked Audit department not to share their findings with me and the auditor incharge apologised to me saying that you have fulfilled your duty and we fulfilled ours now the decision is in hands of top leadership. I had even been invited to meet with Audit department again after I left company x but as I was not in that country anymore I offered to help them by phone or by email.
Note: My immediate boss resigned last week and will leave company x in October 2017.
- Should I inform CEO of the company y, once I have the final offer and before joining? I fear that as company x and company y are in similar kind of business and at some point we encounter at some place (My colleagues will provide me reference letters).
- Would it make me troublemaker or a person who can’t be trusted?
- If this job offer doesn’t work out, should I be more open to tell recruiters that I voiced out against irregularities and that is my reason of leaving ?