Yesterday, during a meeting where I was told that my boss had decided that my employment should be terminated early, it was brought to my attention that the post I wrote last week about my boss expecting me to leave my post-op 10 week old puppy at home alone when he could burst his stitches and die, showed the company in a bad light.

This was not my intention.

Is this a retraction? Well no, not quite. More a clarification or an amendment.

The company that I have worked for over the last two and a half years has been very good to me. They funded me through a marketing qualification, which was approved before I’d even finished my probation period. I was lucky to work with a number of very supportive managers – people like my old line-manager, Simon Chung, who helped me grow my people skills, and who always had my back, Tracy Weir, Senior Vice President and an advocate of Women in Technology and Toby Goldblatt, Vice President and my mentor (who has now moved to Atos).

So no, I have no issues with CACI as a company, and in some ways I am sad to leave. Following the circumstances around my early departure I have had many messages of support from colleagues both within my team and from the wider company.

What I have issue with is the small number of managers, who see more value in the bottom line and their own advancements than they do in the people they employ. To ask someone to knowingly put the life of an intelligent animal at risk is shocking and immoral. And to be told that they’d ask the same if we were talking about a child, should raise a lot of eyebrows and questions.

I see nothing wrong with the fact that I refused to put my dog in harms way, and nor do I see anything wrong with putting the fact that I was being pressured into doing this onto the public domain.

So to CACI, I’m sorry that this reflected badly on you, that was not my intention. I wish my team all the best and thank you to everyone who showed their support.

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