- 2 weeks ago
- Wedding: August 2019
URGH I FEEL SO GROSS
I was in a meeting and saw an ex-colleague through the window. I never really liked him all that much, thought he was a bit too “smooth” with girls and a bit of a creep. But it might have just been me reading too much into it, so I never gave it too much thought. Well I SHOULD HAVE.
I already knew he recently got given immediate marching orders from my last job after I left – like security at his desk, giving him 10 minutes to pack his shit and gtfo
I didn’t know why
I do now
He was the security manager in the digital space – managing cyber security issues. What does he do with his skills and know-how?
Hack into 2 girls’ Lync accounts and read their conversations
Then, blackmail them into seeing him outside of work, saying he will inform their managers of their conversations if they didn’t see him.
They reported it, he got the “get out now or we call the police”. They didn’t press charges.
And now? He’s the new Security Architect in my division at my current company. A very progressive company, voted top three places to work in the state for women. If they had even a whiff of this, he wouldn’t have been hired. He wouldn’t even have been looked at. Obviously his consultancy firm either didn’t do references, or he gave them gratuitous ones.
Thing is – I wasn’t told directly by the girls affected. I was told by an old colleague, who used to work with the girls, and they told her. So it’s information I have that’s twice removed and in any legal setting it would be classified as heresay.
If I tell HR and it’s all a load of shit, it could backfire. But I don’t want to sit here and wait for someone to get targeted. I feel like I’m damned with knowledge.
I feel awful – I know his wife, I worked with her. She’s an angel incarnate, such a wonderful woman, and they just had a child together. Whether they’re still together or not? I don’t know. This all went down only a few weeks ago.
What should I do? Should I keep it to myself? Or should I give HR an anonymous tip? I don’t even know how you do that these days…