Don’t Do Other Biz on Trips

The Boston Globe is keeping tabs on an odd story about Richard Garnick, a top Keane Inc. executive who believes he was fired for discussing possible job opportunities with The Carlyle Group.

Garnick was viewed as a possible CEO candidate at Keane, but was terminated for allegedly violating Keane’s travel policy and having unauthorized communications. At issue – according to Garnick – was the expensing of a one-day trip to Washington DC, in which Garnick both conducted company business and also discussed a possible job with Carlyle, were the Keane CEO gig to fall through.

Garnick is now suing for defamation, breach of contract and invasion of privacy. I don’t know the law on this, but if everyone who does what Garnick did was fired, the corporate unemployment rate would skyrocket.