Solomon Lederer spent his morning commute to work attempting to network with fellow travellers by word of mouth and was subsequently the subject of a news report on by the Wall Street Journalâs blog.
Since details of his experiment were featured on the newspaperâs website, the IT worker has been let go from his post.
He claimed that his interaction with the media led to his redundancy and said to the Wall Street Journal: ââI was trying to do a good thing and it backfiredâ.
Morgan Stanley employs a company policy of not publicly discussing reasons behind the termination of an employeeâs contract although a spokesperson for the bank told the news provider that the redundancy was not connected to the news story.
Mr Lederer's 'Underground Connection' experiment involved interacting with other commuters and handing out flyers offering an exchange of certain services.
He wrote on one of the first flyers he distributed earlier in September, said: âI have this idea that we can exchange our knowledge, our resources, our skills, our time, our compassion on the subway. I just donât know yet how to expand this concept and make it practical for everyone.â
The former-Morgan Stanley employee expects to receive two weeks worth of severance pay as part of his redundancy.