Is blacklisting employees ethical?
Deccan has published an interesting news article about National Skills Registry.
Here is the last paragraph of the article:
If a company finds out an employee faking his resume, it should take the responsibility to initiate validation. He will be blacklisted completely. Recently of the 100+ employees who were fired, over 60 employees who were on NSR database have been blacklisted,” said Sanjay. Currently, some companies are registering only new entrants. Where as some like Zensar have all its employees on NSR. Mindtree is also planning to get its entire staff on NSR.
A company can initiate validation of employees’ resume. If the resume is faked, the employee is terminated from the job. In addition, employees can be blacklisted in the NSR database. Blacklisted employees cannot get a job or appear for interviews. Are such actions legal? Does NASSCOM and companies associated with NASSCOM have the right to deny jobs for potential candidates?
Companies associated with NASSCOM are not necessarily ethical. Most Indian companies inflate the resume of their staff when positioning them to work with clients. Is that ethical? Can Indian IT services companies fake the credentials of their staff?
While working with Microsoft Global Delivery, I was assigned to a Sharepoint project. I had little exposure to Sharepoint. My job involved advising developers who had over three years of Sharepoint experience on how to use Sharepoint. This is an acceptable practice in the industry.
So, why should we blacklist employees who fake credentials in resume? Such employees are fired, anyways. Why should a blacklist happen? Blacklisting is not a good practice.
Blacklisting can happen for various reasons including
- Fake credentials
- Poor relieving experience
- Feedback from the line management
In my opinion, Blacklisting employees is not ethical.