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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I recall that in our previous conversation, you didn't tell me your role with your company... Can you tell me what your position is?
Also, can you tell me when these alleged harassing events took place?
I work with operations on accounting issues. Old title used to be director of operational accounting. My duties have changed considerably since October 2012 when I had open heart surgery, quadruple bypass.
She started back with the company some time in 2009 or 2010. She was with our company until 2001 when a merger moved our head quarter to Snyder Texas. The hug was over a year ago, maybe two. The sitting down in her office was about 3 months ago.
Thank you. While she could go after you for "assault and battery" (battery is simply an unwanted touching), she probably wouldn't because she couldn't show any damages. That is, she would need to show damages to be able to recover in court if she were to sue you. Her sexual harassment claim would be against the company, for failing to do something about this. Now she has 2 years to bring a sexual harassment claim against the employer. If you were to get an attorney, it would basically be for defamation (her lies against you), but that would be in the event that you suffer an adverse employment decision (i.e. are demoted or terminated because of her defamatory statements).
As this point in time, I don't think that you need a lawyer, but you should do everything that you can to document everything.
If you can remember witnesses to the events in question, as well as times, dates, etc... through any means necessary, as well as any witnesses that would be willing to testify that you're absolutely not the person that would conduct himself in this manner, etc... that would likewise be a good thing to document.
Again, if she has a claim against anyone (aside from the "assault and battery" case, which would be a nonstarter because of the lack of damages) it would be the employer, and it would need to be the employer that would need to have an attorney represent its interests.
How long will I be able to view our conversations online?
Not sure, but I know that they stay online for quite a while (multiple months, and I think that you can access your questions at any time, regardless of how long ago you asked it). You can click on the "My Questions" link to see.
Thank you for your help.
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