The Branch Manager of this office was terminated for having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate as well as claims of sexual harassment by two other members of the staff. Harassment claims are not uncommon but it is the CEO’s decisions that are interesting here.
Branch Manager confessed to the offense. With knowledge that the Manager was involved with at least one subordinate and complaints filed by two other female staff members Mike Elich made the choice to keep this Branch Manager employed.
After admission but prior to his termination the Branch Manager said, "I guess the BBSI corporate office values me a lot more than the women making complaints against me." No source issue here as he said it to me.
Elich only terminated the employment of this Branch Manager once a suit had been filed by one of the other staff members and her attorney demanded it. She now works for a competitor in Moses Lake, WA. I believe the mediation is in September.
I can provide the phone # for the plaintiff’s attorney for verification.
touch subject here...sorry for the inappropriate imagery. You did make an interesting comment "Harassment claims are common"... Yes, yes they are. Many are found to be nothing more than hurt feeling BUT two in the same office is usually a very bad sign. Then again, I'm speaking from waaaay over here and have zero facts beyond what you have provided.
BTW, a claim of harassment is not proof. Dismissing a manager based on a claim is truly shaky grounds for dismissal. Once the Manager admits, bets are kind of off. But I would be curious as to the nature of the harassment. We had a gal file over here based on a breakup and hurt feelings. Yeah, the both admit to the fling but she claimed he wouldn't let it end. Is that enough to dismiss? Investigation showed nothing, not even email contact from the acknowledged breakup date. But his life was a living hell for a month or so..