Quote of the Day: "Insubordination" (Tell Us Your Best Layof

by SixFigureStart | September 30, 2009

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"I don't know what the definition of insubordination is … I guess it's whatever the employer says it is. I just asked some inconvenient questions"—Brian Nutting, formerly a senior editor at Congressional Quarterly, commenting on his recent firing in The Washington Post.

According to the article, Nutting was fired for insubordination for questioning his superiors over their decision to lay off several of his colleagues, despite giving the impression that the publication had been prospering. It would appear that Nutting—a 27-year veteran of his industry—had little to lose by speaking out; the previous week he had offered to sacrifice his own job to save two colleagues from getting the ax. His offer went unheeded, and he ended up joining the two reporters as "former" employees at CQ. He even chose to be fired rather than tender his resignation.

While it might not be the happiest story out there right now, it's at least refreshing to read about someone standing by their principles and choosing to go out with a bang. As always we'd love to hear any similar "good" layoff stories—whether you chose to finally speak your mind on your way out, or what you wish you'd said. Post 'em in the comments box below.

--Posted by Phil Stott, Vault Staff Writer

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