Danger sign 5: Your boss surprises you with a scathing performance review.

Danger sign 6: The company brings in someone to “help” you with your work and you find yourself training her in the nuances of your position and tasks.

Danger sign 7: Your company moves you from department to department so you never have a chance to complete anything.

The firm I worked for ended up shutting down about two years after I was fired. The person who fired me has since reached out to me to assist him in some files in New York. I don’t mind, as long as my firm is paid up front. Everything happens for a reason!

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Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates ( She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.

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