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Slander..director.. what should I have done?(2 Posts)
I worked for a letting agents owned by two directors. Both in thier early 60s. Husband and wife. I handed my notice in a week ago as im Weekly paid and have a new job monday. The wife director offered me more money to stay however it still wasnt enough as it was alsoncosting me two thousand pounds a year to park. The wage wasnt great anyway and the wage rise was still not enough to even cover that. The job Im moving to is 6000 pounds more a year and free parking.
Anyway...the male director has always been if anything a little difficult to discuss things with as he spouts nonsense as dictators tend to (yes dictator) and treats his wife appallingly in the office, but hey I always thought thats none of my business etc.
I was having an interesting conversation with him this morning and had a chance to show my knowledge and background of many subjects and we bonded i thought because, he can see im good for his company. He leaves the office and rings his wife. (Whose my direct line manager) her mobile is so loud the whole office hears the conversation. I quote verbatim.
'I dont like or trust that accounts person' (he couldnt remember my name)
'Shes too clever by half, she knows too much and she is too clued up, you know about contracts and employment contracts and stuff like that' (they never made me sign one, i dont even get wage slips)
'Dont trust her with the bank and dont let her transfer money, it wouldnt surprise me if she transfers money into her own account' ( I dont have access to the bank)
Everyone in the office turns to me as they can hear it as well. They are shaking heads in shock at what hes saying. I walk into the cloakroom pick my coat up and bag and walk out to my car. I have never quit a job before, never been accused of being a thief or too clever for that matter! The wife comes out and apologises on behalf of her husband. By this time im crying and she asks me to come back in. I say no. Hug her and say thank you for all your direction (shes never be bad) and I drive off. Im angry and i message the director. I couldn't help it. He was so personal and vile I had to just try and put him straight about who I am.
I can not believe you think that of me. I have never stole from anyone, I never would. . Im clever because I am a strong intelligent woman whose worked in numerous important diverse jobs including housing and social services. Thats what made S and J offer me the position, because of my experience, my personality and I'm not an idiot. I havent and would never steal. What you said about me, even on a phone call (which the whole office heard) was not ok! Im sorry you feel me being knowledgable is bad. I learnt from many good people that I had the pleasure of working with that a company should employee staff better than you to help it suceed. You did, well S did. But after your jaded views and your slander that was overheard by the office embarrassingly you lost her. You will probably say good riddance but thats your way of not understanding or caring that your wrong and have been inappropriate.
You did not see me upset in the office, or crying all the way home. No one should make anybody feel like this. It wasnt a professional criticism it was personal. Not once have I given anyone the impression that Im a thief. I dont know if you will take my advice but the next person or employee who follows me, treat them with respect, the utmost care, dont descriminate because they are intelligent and be professional about them.
I hope xxxxxx carry on doing well and I wish the company all the sucess.
I message my line manager and explained i quit and that I had messaged the Director.
Heres my line managers reply.
Oh K I'm so sorry. I spoke to S as soon as I got back to the office. I don't want to diminish your feelings but I would like to assure you that N comments are not shared by S or the office. In fact S was hoping to call and talk to you again today, she genuinely would not have offered you options to help balance your life if you were not highly regarded. Despite it making you feel better, I wish you had not messaged N as S and I would still like the opportunity to help resolve this. N is a good person and I have personally witnessed him help staff and support them when needed. However, he is prone to expressing himself poorly. Would you consider retracting your message on N LinkedIn and accept a call from S later? We love having you in the office. J
I blocked his calls and messages after that as well as all the other managers and directors. Im not expecting my last wage.
Any thoughts? Was I wrong
Identical thread from same OP here:
Professional advice and personal. Director...Am I to harsh http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/work/3791465-Professional-advice-and-personal-Director-Am-I-to-harsh