Its a pretty long story. Ill do my best to explain.I have worked in this industry for 25 years. I quite because I thought a scandal like this would ruin my career. I am still very concerned that because information of the company leaked out before I was aware and now I am concerned that I will not be able to be employed again if companies call my former employer for a reference. I filed unemployment
and they told the rep that I quit because I was being investigated for sexual harassment and should I have not quit they would have fired me. they also told her that they stopped the investigation because I quit. My guess is they did not or should not have stopped the investigation.
One week prior to being questioned by the corporate HR, I was send messages from a fiend whos sister I got a job. She alerted me to the fact that I was going to be fired for sexual harassment of the local HR admin. A week later I was brought in to the office by the HR manager and HR corporate regional director and asked questions about messages I sent to the HR admin and the girls sister who I hired.
I had what I thought was a good relationship with the HR admin and we joked around perhaps in the role I had with the company it was improper but nevertheless I was never made aware by the HR admin that there was a problem. In fact just a few days prior to the warning I received by my friend, the HR admin and I had a conversation in which she mentioned she was at a bar with 7 male friends and her family and she left with the seven guys and her dad accused her of having a gangbang.
As far as the sister again I agree that many of the text messages where improper because of the position that I held in the company but again there was no sign of her having an issue with me other than the last conversation we had which I believe set her off. I told her not to be ungrateful because she kept complaining about not having anything to do on the third shift and she wanted me to hire her friend which I refused to. All messages that I sent her were from my personal phone and I don't recall sending her messages during working hours.
I may be reading too far into this but I believe that my boss was not very happy with my performance. In fact when I first met the new HR corporate director I made some comments about my boss being a micromanager and not knowing how to do his job. I didn't know that he and my boss were good friends.
I also made some comments to my boss that I was not happy with the way the were failing to fix safety
issues at this plant.
This company has a major issues with hexavalent exposure to its employees and to the environment. I took many pictures of what they were doing but the HR Corp Direct took my phone away and I could not retrieve the emails or pictures.
I have been struggling to decided whether to call regulatory agencies to whistleblower
because I am afraid that they'll retaliate and let people know about the sexual harassment investigation. I am not sure if they are related but I think its a great coincident that HR came after me the way they did for such ridiculous claims.