HR Advice - How to deal with Ex-Boss
Posted on 2009-04-14
Hello experts, I have an HR question for y'all.
Until one month ago, I worked for a programming company in Mordor. Let's call them ABC Systems. My manager there was Tom. As part of my contract with ABC Systems, for a period of one year after leaving the company I could not work for a direct competitor located with 100 miles of ABC Systems nor could I work directly for any of ABC Systems' clients. With me so far?
One month ago I took a job with a new company, DEF Devices, located in a different country (say Latveria). Similar industry but not a direct competitor. Anyway, not within 100 miles, and not a client. However, ABC Systems is a "partner company" of DEF Devices which means ABC Systems sells/markets DEF Devices' products.
Yesterday I get an email from Tom (remember he was my boss at ABC Systems). Here is the email:
"Hello, I hope you are doing well. Two people have told me that you are showing up as contracted by DEF Devices, based out of Latveria". I am curious to know, are you actually employed by DEF Devices Latveria, contracted by DEF Devices Latveria or contracted by DEF Devices Mordor and on assignment for DEF Devices Mordor but based out of Latveria?"
Wow! Still reading? This better be worth a lot of points.
I am asking for advice on how to respond. I'm not trying to be funny, and I'm hoping not to burn a bridge if it isn't burnt already. I did not think it was when I left. I'm looking for serious advice that I can respond in an email. I would prefer not to disclose more than I have to as I don't feel I've done anything wrong.