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28/11/2012 at 11:08
Need help with something very sensitive
28/11/2012 at 11:11
28/11/2012 at 11:12
Yeah I'm fine, angry at what's happened on my colleagues behalf.
You ok love? I have some experience but not recent x
28/11/2012 at 11:34
Basically the new PA to Chairman was called at 1am this morning, she missed the call but a voicemail was left. It's very clear, it's of a friend of the Chairman having sex with a woman who sounds completely out of it. He's asking her for a BJ. The chairman can be heard very clear in the background, his name is mentioned a few times....lots of sex noises. Now PA is understandbly angry, her husband is fricking furious and she's spoken to our HR / CEO about it this morning. Their response is to brush it under the carpet as it wasn't the Chairman himself making the call, or confront him about it but HR refuse to deal with it on her behalf.
any idea what she can do?
28/11/2012 at 11:57
Not sure if I've got this right; the new PA got a phone call of the Chairman having a 3-way?! Was this to her mobile or house phone? I'm really not sure what she can do - what does she want to happen? Does she know for a fact that HR/CEO aren't going to admonish him off the record?
28/11/2012 at 11:59
God, I don't know. How awful.
It was to her work blackberry at 1am, a 5 minute voicemail was left. He's in it, he's mentioned, his mate is clear as day and this woman is out of it. She wants an apology at the very least, and someone to bloody well acknowledge that calls at 1am aren't appropriate (this isn't the first after midnight call) and she would at least hope the CEO would deal with it for her instead of ebing told to shut up & ignore it or approach him about it yourself.
28/11/2012 at 12:22
I'm guessing it was a pocket ring type thing? Don't think it's an HR issue really but the Chairman should be apologising to her for sure (via the CEO IYSWIM)
28/11/2012 at 12:24
It's not even muffled like it's a pocket thing, it's clear as day. I'm guessing the friend was videoing the threesome and knocked the number to call her. I'm actually more gobsmacked at the cheek of the CEO. She's like "this *** happens deal with it" Erm no this *** doesn't happen and my husband is furious I'm working for such a man.
28/11/2012 at 12:25
The dirty dog. Totally out of order, but it sounds like someone accidentally hit the 'Call PA' button. Unless...she thinks they meant her to hear?
I think she's entitled to an apology and support from above seems pretty poor, but wrong as it is she needs to think about the way she handles it. If it were me I'd email the Chairman saying how offended she was to receive such a call, and at such an unsociable hour too. Mention how it has upset her and her H who listened in on the call because they thought it was some metalist pervo calling her up and leaving filthy VM's before they realised he was involved at the other end of the line. CC HR in on it too. If they choose to ignore it, then I'm not sure what else she can do. But there will always be a written record of it should she need to refer to the incident in the future.
28/11/2012 at 13:25
Ok Advice wise - can she get the message off the phone as proof of the call? I know a bit of the background here and would suggest it might be an idea to do this and keep it as evidence. The CEO (does she work for them or the Chairman- reporting line?) should talk to the Chairman and an apology shoul be made.
flaming disgusting but I am not shocked as I doubt you are!
28/11/2012 at 13:29
Her husband is a police officer so between them now they are trying to get a copy of the call, she's also played it on speaker and saved it to her private phone. Reporting wise as you know we are a very small company so every reports to everyone. Any grievances etc are to be taken up with CEO / HR / COO / Partner bint face woman, but yes she is PA to Chariman / Partner
28/11/2012 at 13:32
Hmmm save it as evidence first, then approach HR or COO and tell them that she is not happy with the response and feels that she has been put in a position which is unacceptable. It is down to the COO to intervine with the Chairman.
28/11/2012 at 13:34
HR is the COO who is the CEO who she spoke to this morning and they told her "oh well talk to him or shut up"
28/11/2012 at 13:39
Thats not acceptable, I would get a copy and then go back in there and complain about how it has been dealt with, what a joke - no wonder V left!
28/11/2012 at 13:54
Complain to who? she's just going to say the same. There is noone higher which is why I'm wondering what she can do.
28/11/2012 at 13:56
The only other thing she could do is go sick with distress to be honest, I think she should have another try with the COO
28/11/2012 at 14:01
Thing is, she could go into Chairman and say blah blah blah it's not on I'm not happy & he can turn around and say I want you to leave as you knwo too much. Where does that leave her?
28/11/2012 at 14:02
Just done a quick google and this has come up from another forum (not sure if the link will work but here goes):-
Harassment is classed as a course of conduct that is unwanted by the receiver and amounts to harassment or that the person causing the harassment should have known would amount to harassment.
In simple terms, if someone is doing something to you that you don't want then this could be deemed as harassment.
The link has details of the protection from harassment act.
UK Copper, protection from harassment act 1997
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