Q: My wife got an explicate emails which turned out to be a guy at her place of employment. HR lady is married to owner....

My wife got a strange email few months ago from a guy. It was very strange so I responded by saying hi, who are you? He said he was someone who was very interested in my wife and went on to say a bunch of sexually explicit things in the conversation. He stated he was a "neighbor" and this was very concerning. Those emails were from a Gmail account he made with bogus name. Few days later he sent an email from the companies account which has his name on it. The email was sent from his cellphone, "Sent from my T-Mobile 5G Device" Outlook. Set up a meeting to speak to the boss about this issue and the boss said he "confronted" this guy and denied it. He didn't bother to check his phone. Boss made it seem like it was my fault by responding to the emails and said the company account was "hacked." The guy has a T-Mobile phone. Is there anything that can be done? HR lady is married to the boss and HR never investigated anything. They blew it off and blamed us and were upset with my wife. BS!

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: This situation, where your wife received explicit emails from a colleague, is concerning and should be addressed seriously. First, ensure that you have preserved all the emails, including those from the Gmail and company accounts. This evidence is crucial for any future actions.

Given the apparent lack of action from HR and the company's management, you might consider escalating the issue outside the company. This could involve filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC handles cases of workplace harassment and discrimination and can investigate the matter independently.

You may also seek legal counsel, preferably someone experienced in employment law and sexual harassment cases. They can provide guidance on your rights and potential legal actions, such as a lawsuit against the employer for failing to adequately address the harassment.

Remember, your wife has the right to a workplace free from harassment and the employer has a legal obligation to address such issues promptly and effectively. Taking these steps can help ensure that the matter is taken seriously and dealt with appropriately.

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