When Management and the Company Fall out
Date: 26th June 2015 | By: Claire Malley | Categories: Employment law
For this article we take a look across the pond at an interesting development where American clothing company American Apparel appear to have gone to war with their former CEO, Dov Charney.
Dov Charney resigned from his position last year following a string of sexual harassment claims by former employees. The reason as to why all these messages have been published is because Mr Charney is apparently suing his former business for defamation.
The alleged messages contained graphic sexual content and links to pornographic videos and photos.
This is a key reminder to both employers and employees that documents play an important role in any matter, and the importance of gathering evidence. If an employee is alleged to have sexually harassed another, they may be sending them emails and text messages, which the company may have access to and could check as part of a reasonable investigation into the matter.
In this case it would appear that the CEO felt he was immune from investigation and questioning. Clearly if these messages are true and correct, there does appear to be grounds to demonstrate that sexual harassment has taken place, especially if there have been email responses requesting that he cease to act in this manner.
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