Is it smart to approach HR about a harassment issue with a manager?
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HR will not do anything for you unless they think you have cause to sue the company.
My manager tried a back door layoff on me that failed. By that I mean, they gave me a write-up for poor performance that was undeserved and I had the numbers to prove it, so I went to HR and fought it successfully.
If you don't have printed documentation you can retain as proof in a court case, don't bother with HR.
I hired on in the late 1970's. At that time a woman was in charge of HR, and she had been a Nun at one point, but decided to make lots of bucks! I think she was a friend of the President. She hired lots of young girls, knowing they had just gotten pregnant and DST would pay all their delivery costs. It was like a charity, hiring, paying for their babies birth, then they never came back to work again. I guess it was a nice thing to do, but there was a business to run. Anyway she retired with many millions in DST stock and also had a huge compensation package anyway. When DST tried to unionize (office workers of America) it failed and most supporters were fired except for one girl who had brothers well known in the criminal enterprise business. She kept her job. They were not going to risk reprisals by some angry brothers.
Bill Stone said the day SSC purchased DST..."HR and Legal does not run this company"
HR is a fluffer and cleans up his drunken rants. Ask anyone who has been there.
I wouldn’t trust HR for any employment issues. HR exists to limit the companies liability. I wouldn’t look to them for fairness or understanding. It is a cold cruel world out there, find a good lawyer.
Leave DST and then sue them. Make sure you have an attorney working for you before you leave and have gathered all the data and proof you need to sue DST. DST will probably settle out of court fast to keep it off the legal "air waves".
I'd trust HR like I'd trust a fa-t after finishing first in a spicy curry eating contest.
I would look up on the website case.net which local attorneys have represented other DST employees for harassment and were very successful and give them a call. There are some on this website.
HR is only in it for protecting the company. If you call HR it will be like cutting your own throat.
Call one of the good attorneys who have won against DST. Make them pay!
I had a person from another department who had to visit my floor daily se-----y harass me. All my coworkers saw it up close. Even my Manager knew. But he said H.R. would do nothing. And they did nothing. If you complain to HR you will find yourself labelled a malcontent and your career and opportunities are over. If you require any extra work of HR then they will not like you and your an "issue" to them. I agree that hiring an attorney is the best route.
You need to hire an attorney and have that person contact HR. DO NOT do it yourself. Thats what HR wants! Cause if you do it yourself you have no power or rights!
You would regret it.
"It's important to remember that in all cases, HR exists to protect the company, not you. That can't be stressed enough."
Exactly what @haj said. The priority is to protect the company. You are completely irrelevant to them.
It's important to remember that in all cases, HR exists to protect the company, not you. That can't be stressed enough. Now, HR in the ssnc instance is pretty much dead and impotent, they've been gutted just like every other part of the business.
If it's something egregious like se-ual harassment and you have a smoking g-n in the form of private messages, I'd say go for it, otherwise, I don't imagine you'll get much help from them.
Has anybody approached them for something similar?