Many people will experience being fired, but, as Yap details in this cleareyed, often gripping memoir, his being fired was just the beginning of decadelong torment.
As a rising star at Citizens Bank, one of several prosperous Jamaican banks in the early 1990s, Yap seemed to have it all: a record of sterling employee reviews, leadership of an innovative and respected technology division, a harmonious multigenerational home life, and excellent pay, with the promise of more to come. His life was seemingly ideal, until early October 1993, when he was unceremoniously fired from his job and slapped with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit. Shamed by false accusations, his assets frozen, Yap turned to a local attorney and family acquaintance to try and fight the charges. The ensuing battle to clear his name and free him of the social and financial burdens took roughly a decade, culminating in his case before the Privy Council in London, the highest court for Commonwealth nations. With precision and passion, Yap relates the technical and legal details of his battle, which included the first use of the Mareva injunction in modern Jamaican history. Even when delving into the inner workings of contracts and chargebacks, the righteous anger and pained humiliation sizzle between the lines of Yap’s measured, self-deprecating prose. Almost as important as the technical details are the insights into Yap’s family life, which he highlights with understated sadness and bursts of both Jamaican slang and earthy profanity. Quotes from his wife, children, and friends round out the details of Yap’s tumultuous life during this period, and to his credit, Yap neither goes overboard in assigning blame nor ignores his own failings and mistakes that compounded his feelings at the time.
Measured yet passionate, a compelling look at one man’s struggle against the worst of corporate blaming and the hard-earned wisdom that resulted from his fight.