Ex-Coworker got fired for blackmailing girls, now works with me.

posted 1 month ago in Career
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2025 - City, State

I think you should contact HR – using your name – and inform them that you have received information third-hand that you cannot verify the veracity of but is nevertheless of sufficient concern to bring to their attention.  Avoid making any judgment call; just pass on what you have been told.

Easier said than done.

Post # 18
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Blushing bee

Before you say your hands are tied please write in to Ask a Manager. You’re not the one who would get into legal trouble for forwarding what you heard.

Post # 20
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Busy bee

sbl99 :  I would suggest you include the fact that you are in Australia in your letter, since the pertinent labor laws may differ by country. 

Additionally, have you considered informing one of your previous coworkers (who is privy to the full details) of his new employment? That individual may be better positioned to inform his new employer.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I was in a similar position at my job, I sent an email to my boss saying I was concerned about a candidate in our recent job history based on prior knowledge of his previous position. He was very thankful for the info. Most people don’t want the blow up to be at their job, they’d rather handle it now.

 

I also had someone do this for me with a person I had hired, I’m FOREVER greatful they spoke up.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

sbl99 :  Do you know the people in HR?  I’ve worked in companies with terrible HR reps who would gossip to everyone, and I’ve worked at companies with very professional HR who were known for confidentiality. 

That would also colour what I would do.  I do think your company needs to know what this man did, but I also wouldn’t want to be known in professional circles as a “tattletale” (as unfair as that is)

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

sbl99 :  Yep! I read AskAManager often and was pretty sure she’d be giving that advice. I don’t know if she gave you a script or not to use, she often will if you ask. I tried to tailor my advice as to what I imagined she would be saying about it. 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

sbl99 :  Oh to be clear, I wasn’t calling the HR at your old company gossipy.  I was asking whether the HR at your new company is, the ones that you will be addressing this situation with. I hope they aren’t since otherwise the culture sounds pretty good. 

This guy sounds like a total creep and I definitely think it’s a good call to report what you know, I would just be cautious who you report to in the new company.  You never know what kind of relationships people may have (they may know creepy colleague from outside of work) or may spread your information in an unprofessional manner.  I would go to the most relevant senior person possible and otherwise keep it confidential. 

Post # 29
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Bumble bee

I’ve worked in HR in the US and we were only allowed to give the employment dates and verify that the person worked there..nothing else.  It was even more difficult if they were contract labor because that was another 3rd party that was their ‘actual’ employer.  I see that you are in Australia so I would check into your own laws regarding this.  

I have no doubt from the info you provided that he probably did these things.  I think it needs to be done in a way that you are guaranteed to remain anonymous.  You don’t want to be on the receiving end of any retaliation if he really is a creep.  I think you should tell HR as you mentioned but just make sure you understand what happens after you do.  Either legally or within your own company and how they protect people. Even progressive companies get this wrong. Can he sue for wrongful termination and could they make you testify? Or any of the people who told you?  I am not saying this is the case, but I have had my share since I worked for one of the autmotive companies with all kinds of 3rd employees.  It was complicated!

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