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    Question Retaliation For Sexual Harassment Claim - What Can I Do?

    HI.

    I spoke to my manager about a sexual harassment issue. A coworker kept asking me out, I declined, it got to a point where I told him to stop calling me or talking to me outside of work. He did. Then I stopped socializing with the team after work because he was always there. I then went to one social even because managers and new employees were attending, this was almost two months later, then I left and went to my hotel room (i'm a traveling consultant) and went to bed. He then started calling my cell, the hotel room phone & started knocking on my door (he got the room # from the hotel clerk). I reported this, they transferred him.

    Now, the girlfriend of this guy is still working in my location (DE). She is a pjct admin and I have minimal interactions with her, but she does need to work with me at times. The day before they took him away things between us was fine, the day after she stopped talking to me, including relating to business issues, she is related to some of the clients we work with which have been shunning me too. There are rumors flyjing around the office and whispers, etc. about the whole situation, several people have stopped speaking to me. A client and an employee (same company as me) reported that I was dressed unprofessionally (and too revealing) at work one day. This after working there for 6 months without ever hearing a problem about my way of dressing (usually suits, or dresses with blazers/sweaters). This came from a client (related to the girlfriend) and an employee (close friend to the girlfriend). My manager said i was dressed fine. I told her that i did not mind if people stopped inviting me places, etc..because I'm here to do my job, but that I do have a problem when the gossip is done with clients and I'm sure the client knows about this whole situation (since she's the girl's aunt) and that three different clients that day (1 male, 2 women) mentioned that I liked nice that day. She said she did notice that those people were close and could understand that it could happen, then she asked if i liked my job. I said i did- that i love working with the people I'm working with. She mentioned that the clients (my group, i'm a lead) have mentioned that they love working with me too. We have different specialties and skills that compliment each other in a team. She said she would contact HR because she did not know what to do. She also mentioned whether I really thought that the girlfriend would not be upset about what happened, and i stayed quiet to this because I did not know what to say and I felt like I did something wrong- but I was just protecting myself from some psycho knocking on my door at 2am!!! The HR person also has mentioned to me that they moved the guy but I would have to encounter him in corporate events. I said I would prefer not to but she mentioned that i would because we both work for the same company and this could affect my performance reviews. She also mentioned that if I saw this guy call me? and I said 'no'- because I was sleeping at 2am!!!! Even though I did call security and they escorted him out of the area...They are now twisting things around (even though they did move the guy). Anyways, long story short- I continuously get this secretary and other team members (other leads) trying to trip me up or find fault with me at work. I have an HR rep that is now twisting words around, and I have a a situation in which the secretary is related to a client (which I find troublesome because it can effect situations at work- especially when something like this occurs and the secretary is petty and catty and is angry with an employee).

    What can I do? I decided to document this information in a timeline format. I have emails, etc. and send this information certified mail. I believe they will not protect me and may even at some point let me go or transfer me- which I do not want to happen (again, this is just something i'm worried could happen).

    Do I have any legal standing here? If I document it and make sure they understand that these are the facts - isn't it plausible that it is retaliation and isn't this illegal? Aside from it being illegal, it is included in the corporate sexual harassment policy that there is a 'zero tolerance policy' against retaliation- but nothing continues to be done.

    I would appreciate any advice you can offer. The company is located in virginia (corporate), with the project at the client site located in Delaware.

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    Default Re: Retaliation For Sexual Harassment Claim- What Can I Do?

    What exactly is it that you believe your employer has done wrong?

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    Default Re: Retaliation For Sexual Harassment Claim - What Can I Do?

    I agree. The employer hasn't terminated you, demoted you or hasn't even taken any corrective action against you. I believe there is more to the story than you are revealing.

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    Default Re: Retaliation For Sexual Harassment Claim - What Can I Do?

    I know the company has done what they can do to keep themselves legally in the right. They have moved this person and that has helped my work environment. The problem is the girlfriend is at my workplace, which I have no problem with. I do not have an issue with her, but I do have an issue with the shunning, whispering, gossip, etc. that has occurred because of her and her relationship with her boyfriend. She basically has created this environment in which teammembers are shunning me, this is stressful and it is part of the retaliation issue I mentioned. The company has a retaliation issue that they are not acting on so now the environment is somewhat hostile. I try to ignore it and focus on my work- but it is stressful at times.

    As for the company -

    1) they have not acted on their policy relating to the retaliation of other employees.

    2) There was a corporate training seminar in which I declined to attend because I did not want to be arround the harasser (I requested he be put in a different hotel than myself - but not that I be treated differently and I be put somewhere else since I'm not the one that was harassing).

    3) They told me I could decline attending this seminar but future seminars in which I decline because this guy is there could affect my performance review. (why should it affect my review when I'm actually scared of being around the guy?)

    4.) My manager asked me if I liked my job and if I wanted to be transferred. (I don't want to be transferred- I love the work and enjoy working with the client- I want the harassment from coworkers and that comment made me feel as if my job is on the line).

    5.) The client HR person is now saying 'well, did you see this guy do this, etc.?' and the fact is I had to call hotel security to get the guy to stop knocking on my door at 2am! So what if he was drunk I don't care that was unprofessional, I was not interested, and never was and never once dated or liked or anything with this guy. I'm just one of two single girls on the project - that's all!

    6.) Isn't continued harassment from co-workers or the threat of having my performance review (or being transferred) because of the situations which have occurred because of this initial issue a negative tangible effect on my job and how I feel about going to work every day?

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    Default Re: Retaliation For Sexual Harassment Claim - What Can I Do?

    Quote Quoting FoggyView
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    1) they have not acted on their policy relating to the retaliation of other employees.
    It doesn't at all like retaliation. It sounds more like they are shunning you because you have decided not attend company functions becuase of this guy. They have a right to feel the way they do.

    2) There was a corporate training seminar in which I declined to attend because I did not want to be arround the harasser (I requested he be put in a different hotel than myself - but not that I be treated differently and I be put somewhere else since I'm not the one that was harassing).
    The only obligation the company is required by law to do is stop the harassment or behavior.

    3) They told me I could decline attending this seminar but future seminars in which I decline because this guy is there could affect my performance review. (why should it affect my review when I'm actually scared of being around the guy?)
    The employer requires you to attend these seminars and therefore makes it an ongoing condition of employment. By not attending, you put yourself and your job at risk, it is not upto the employer to provide you with special treatment.

    4.) My manager asked me if I liked my job and if I wanted to be transferred. (I don't want to be transferred- I love the work and enjoy working with the client- I want the harassment from coworkers and that comment made me feel as if my job is on the line).
    Time for you to look for another job. Your manager asked you, he/she didn't pressure you and sounds like they want to try and keep you happy.

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