Sexual Harasment Memo

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Andrew Vaccarezza
May 8, 2007

To:Gerald W.C.
Senior Vice-President of Human Resources

From:Andrew Vaccarezza

Date:May 8, 2007

Re:Recommendation for Interim Relief in the Halgas/Peters Matter

Jordan Halgas entered my office on March 20th, 2007, to express a complaint against her supervisor, Brian Peters. Ms. Halgas expressed her concerns in regard to Mr. Peters’ conduct in the work place. During the interview Ms. Halgas explained Mr. Peters’ conduct as “sexual in nature” and “aggressive.” Ms. Halgas stated Mr. Peters has invited her to dinner once, to lunch about 10 times within 60 days, sent her flowers, visits her at her desk two to three times in a single day, touched her leg, sends e-mails to supervised employees with sexual and vulgar content, and has made comments sexual in nature towards two women vendors in her presence. Ms. Halgas also stated she has seen Mr. Peters throw items out of frustration and use profanity in the work place. After completing the interview with Ms Halgas, an interview was held with Mr. Peters. During this interview, Mr. Peters did not deny that his behavior could be described as “aggressive.” Mr. Peters admits to becoming frustrated and throwing objects at the wall but never at or in the direction of any employee. Mr. Peters stated his conduct towards Ms. Halgas was not sexual in nature in any way. After asking Mr. Peters about the dinner date and lunch invites he stated it was “strictly business.” Mr. Peters stated “this is how I reward my team on a group level and individual level.” Mr. Peters also responded to the repeated desk visits in same manner stating the visits were how he “manages his team.” Mr. Peters admits to sending e-mails sexual in content to all team members and making a sexual comment towards the two women vendors. When asked about the touching of Ms. Halgas’ leg, Mr. Peters stated he does not remember touching her leg, has never intentionally touched her leg, and if he did it was in the process of picking up papers which had been dropped. After investigating the matter with Ms. Halgas and Mr. Peters it has been found in the best interest of the Company not to issue interim relief for Ms. Halgas. The Company is strong on keeping the flow of work continuous and not creating any unnecessary uncomfortable situations amongst employees. The Company also would not want this to be viewed as retaliation against Ms. Halgas. In the past the Company has found it in its best interest to avoid interim relief and to only use it if absolutely necessary. Ms. Halgas and Mr. Peters have been told to continue business as usual, only talk about business related matters if necessary, and not to talk about the investigation at all. Mr. Peters was told, not to use vulgar or offensive language at all, not to throw things, not to invite Ms. Halgas to dinner or lunch, not to visit her desk unless it was urgent and absolutely necessary, not to send e-mails unrelated to work, and to conduct himself in professional manner at all times. Ms. Halgas and Mr. Peters appear to be able to continue performing their job duties during this investigation.

To:Gerald W.C.
Senior Vice-President of Human Resources

From:Andrew Vaccarezza

Date:May 8, 2007

Re:Halgas/Peters Matter Investigation and Recommendations

Jordan Halgas entered my office on March 20th, 2007, to express a complaint against her supervisor, Brian Peters. Ms. Halgas expressed her concerns in regard to Mr. Peters’ conduct in the work place. Ms. Halgas has been a Sales Representative for our company for one year. Mr. Peters is the Sales Vice President for Northern California and has held this position for five years. Ms. Halgas stated Mr. Peters conduct is aggressive and sexual in nature, has invited her to dinner and lunch, sent her flowers, sends e-mails with vulgar and sexual content, visits her desk two to three times in a single day, has touched her leg, has made sexual...
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