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Let me clarify some issues.
In regard to the privacy issue: I called my co-worker on her cellphone during her lunch break. We work in a cubical office so its not a public environment but our structure is an open office. Most of the statements she alleged about my co-workers conversation with me in her email when complaining to management we fictitious. Either way I was at home so when she shared my co-workers conversation with management she also shared mine... Does this not violate my privacy, especially if my co-worker made attempts to ensure her conversation would be private (i.e. noise diffusers)
My other point is the defamation:
I must state that I am a trainer and superior to this person. I am currently training someone on her team and her supervisor is one of the people that she made this statement to. I recently had to resolve an issue with him (where he apologized to me) because he called into question my "professional integrity and training abilities" as he did not agree with a decision I had made in regard to the trainees work. When I informed him that my decision was clearly in the guidelines and regulations, he refuted that information and I had to go PROVE that I was right. I have been an independent trainer for 2 years and it is not common practice for a senior specialist with my experience to be questioned on my content knowledge (due to all of the training to get the position). I cannot help but to think this is correlated. Let me also state that her statement say it is "well known" which indicated "fully known or factual" also one of the people she mention in that statement has not work in our department for over 2 years, at which time she (the accuser) did not even sit on our side of the office. So how would she "fully know" this information when she was not even in our office? Would that not be making a defamatory statement about ones professional character? She also stated that someone feared retaliation of me, indicating that I may be intimidating in some way. I have received written reviews that in fact I am approachable, helpful and a resource to my peers. This is part of my job description so for someone to say the opposite affects others view of my professional integrity and character.
She stated that she heard the conversation through her ear plugs and noise cancelling headphones...Not to mention she sits on the opposite side of the cubical and four seats to the left at the end of the row. Our cubicles are also padded and the person I was speaking to had a small fan on to drown out noise. While I am not certain she had a listening device, this person is documented as a chronic complainer about everything. Her hearing sensitivity is not a medically documented issue. She did not follow organizational regulations in her reporting of the issue, as she sent an email (which by putting it in writing made it formal) to my friends (person 1) supervisor and now I (and my supervisor) have to meet with the Division Chief about this matter, which also has a negative effect on my professional stance.
I failed to mention there were a stream of back and forth email, none of which I part took in, but in her last email in order to make her point seem justifiable she chose to make a statement about me. Which was unnecessary to her cause. My supervisor was informed by me at which point I was informed I have to meet with our Division Chief.
If I have found that my division chief has discussed this situation with people who are outside of the chain of command and are not supposed to be involved with the process per our LCR Library of Congress Regulations what can I do? The actual dispute process has not been followed by others in this process aside from my supervisor and myself. My division chief continues to state that this is not a formal dispute issue however, when the complaint was made about the other co-worker in writing per our LCR's it became formal, also with the fact that her supervisor gave her a verbal warning without doing an investigation.
Once I brought up the issues of the LCR which I was never informed about, I found them through my personal research, the division chief decided to meet everyone. I was the last meeting that occurred yesterday as the other two were on Wednesday.
I expressed that my issue was a very separate one because:
1.I never had any interaction with co-worker who slandered my name.
2. Her actions towards me were unprovoked and malicious
3.Her statement was stated as a fact and it was actually false, and she knew it was false when she made the statement. Also it was not her first hand knowledge.
4. Her actions were intend to cause me embarrassment and to be intimidating. Which they were.
I expressed the high level of anxiety and stress this has cause me. I also express that I feel bullied by her actions.
I feel that after my discussion with the division chief, that he is trying to find a way to sweep her clearly aggressive action towards me under the rug. He kept stating that she was "emotional and upset" because of her issue with another co-worker, and because I am friends with that co-worker that may be why she did what she did to me. I stated to him that it was unacceptable and it should be rectified as that is a separate issue completely and that even during that time I was absolutely kind and profession with her in my interaction. I never did anything to her, I was only in the office one day while she was their and I spoke to her as I always.
He continued to try to place her actions towards me on her issue with someone else, and I continued to state to him that her issues with another co-worker does not give her the right to purposely a false statement about my professional conduct to my superiors, in order to bolster her claim regarding someone else.
Is there anything I can do. I told him that I feel that since she slandered me intentionally to management in writing unprovoked, that in the very least I deserve an apology in writing from her. I also told him she could send it over email to avoid her feeling humiliated by having to apologize in person. He doesn't seem to want to request his from her. My supervisor who is actually the woman who slandered me friend, stated that she agree's with me. She feels I deserve at the least and apology in writing. The division chief even at this time seems to not be serious about what she did. I told him that I feel this is workplace bullying clearly... Is there any thing I can do?
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