I have been working for a medical device company as a Director of Marketing for a little over 8 months. It's a small business, mostly a distributor who often sells medical devices to the government facilities.
As a hobby, I enjoy creating blog around the fitness industry. I created a blog on wordpress about fitness and motivating others to workout, I even often have users submit articles and share their stories and struggles. It's been doing very well.
In terms of work, I'm doing a fantastic job. My department is not only meeting, but exceeding goals . We've been ahead of the game and I have received nothing but praise from our CEO. I invest about 12 hour days into the company, as well as come in occasionally for 4 to 6 hours every other weekend. I love what I do.
My Ceo stumbled across my blog over the weekend by googling my name. He basically told me that if I have any sort of business or hobby even if it's done on my time that it is considered unacceptable. He said I as a manager should fully be committed to only working for his company, and although I'm doing fantastic that if I have anything else on the side on my own free time should be deleted right away or I am to be fired.
I tried reasoning with him, gauging him and I just don't understand what the problem is. He says that if I want to continue my blog I am to be demoted or fired. I have till tomorrow to make up my mind.
Is there anything I can do in terms of Law that can help me? This seems really messed up and I don't know why he's acting like this. The company has never written me up for anything, never a verbal warning. They have nothing on me. Any help would be great.
Should I negotiate with him on a package prior to leaving?