| ||Ask HN: How do I deal with the first sexual harassment complaint at my startup?|
401 points by milfseriously on May 10, 2016 | hide | past | favorite | 580 comments |
|Just hired a new biz dev person. Over the weekend, he sent some messages that were inappropriate to one of my existing employees.|
He asked to take the conversation off Slack (moved to Whatsapp) and asked if they could hang out (she said, "sure as friends in work context"), referred to her as a milf (ugh...), and asked if he could tell her a secret (she refused)
My employee handled it well and didn't let it get out of hand. I've seen the evidence of the texts in question.
The employee came to me in confidence (I'm one of the founders) and told me she really doesn't want to cause problems with the team. I'm really upset by this guy's behaviour and I want to fire him immediately. If I do, she'll know and it will be a violation of the trust she placed in me.
So what do I do HN? Do I fire him? Kick his ass? Get them in a room with a HR rep and talk it out? Hold a "how to recognize sexual harassment seminar"?
The employee in question has made it clear that it's not a big deal and she knows how to deal with it, but fact is she shouldn't have to deal with it and I want to make it clear that these things aren't acceptable in the company we're building.
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