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‘Be a good leader’

To The Editor:

This letter is in response to the In My View: "On corporate culture" by Win Smith.

Mr. Smith seems quite knowledgeable of Merrill Lynch's corporate mistakes and what it takes to be a good leader: character, integrity, respect for the individual, morals, soul. . . and the act of "properly overseeing the company," as he states.

It may be surprising to some, but these principles were not practiced at Sugarbush Resort under his leadership when I was employed there from December 2006 to July 2010. I was bullied by the management team and wrongly terminated; sent home one day, fired the next. I was told "We've decided that you should be terminated. The reason is insubordination. There is documentation to prove it." Really? What documentation? I didn't know of any, but I did know of prior, seemingly unfair terminations. Now it was happening to me. My email requests to Mr. Smith for a meeting were unanswered.

So, I filed for unemployment compensation. The determination letter from the Vermont Department of Labor, dated August 4, 2010, stated this: "You were discharged by your last employing unit but not for misconduct (i.e., insubordination) connected with your work when the employer has failed to substantiate such." Employer: Summit Ventures NE LLC (Sugarbush Resort).

Brenda Mack,

former Sugarbush employee


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