John, a 28-year-old man, confronts his female co-worker, Sarah, after she spreads lies about him to his wife, leading to her termination and controversy among his co-workers.
A Flirty Co-Worker
John, a 28-year-old man, had been dealing with a female co-worker, Sarah, who had a reputation for flirting with all the men at work. His wife, Emily, knew about Sarah and how John felt about her.
He Threatened to Report Her
Sarah, who was 26, had been keeping her distance from John ever since he turned her down and threatened to report her to HR if she didn’t stop. However, things took a turn for the worse when Sarah found Emily’s social media and messaged her, telling her lies about John.
She Said HE Was a Creep
“She said that I’m a ‘creep’ and ‘won’t leave her alone’,” John told his friend, Mark. “She even said that I tried to pay her for sex. I was disgusted.”
An Upsetting Confrontation
John decided to confront Sarah at work the next day and recorded their conversation on his phone. He didn’t show her face in the recording, but Sarah still got upset when he confronted her about the lies she had spread.
John took the recording and the messages to HR, and Sarah was fired immediately. However, some of John’s co-workers thought he went too far by recording Sarah without her permission. He only recorded her as he needed full proof of what she was doing.
No Permission Granted
“You’re a jerk for recording me without my permission!” Sarah screamed as she was escorted out of the building by security. John was embarrassed by this show in reception but thought he’d done the right thing.
What About Her Kids?
“You should have just shown HR the messages,” one co-worker said. “You just cost a single mom her livelihood. What about her kids?” This comment did make him feel slightly guilty but he just wanted to be left alone.
Was He the Jerk?
John was left wondering if he had done the right thing. Was he the jerk in this situation?
He Sought Legal Advice
After seeking legal advice, John discovered that he was within his rights to record the conversation, as Ohio, where he lived, was a one-party consent state. He also realized that he had done the right thing by standing up for himself and his wife.
No More Lies
“I couldn’t let her get away with spreading lies about me,” John told Emily. “I’m just glad it’s over now.” Despite the criticism from some of his co-workers, John knew that he had made the right decision. He had stood up for himself and his family, and that was all that mattered.
The Internet Responded
This commenter wrote, “If the genders were reversed, everyone would be applauding you. Always have proof and never go off he said she said when possible.”
More Internet Responses
Another person commented this opinion and said, “And always remember you didn’t cost her the job. Her own actions, repeated harassment and lying, cost her the job.”
A Final Comment
This last person posted this, “She messaged your wife things that could end your marriage and even get you arrested/life ruined. No way in hell you did anything wrong! Anyone who says otherwise (based on the info you gave us) is a complete idiot and enabler of sexual harassment and lies that hurt people in real situations like that.”
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