As I mentioned in my Welcome post, I founded the Advocacy Against Post-Employment Harassment (AAP-EH) after personally experiencing both the horror of being stalked and harassed by a former employer, and the tragic indifference of the legal system to the problem. I would like to share my story with you.

To give you some background, I spent my career prior to the problem working in tech related jobs: first as an analytics consultant at a Big 4 firm, then as a manager at a social media company after attending business school at a top 5 program. In 2017, I was hired by an Investment Bank in New York City to build an analytics practice focused on one of their compliance functions. However, at about the same time I was hired, the leadership of the function was replaced. As a result, I found myself a new hire working for a new boss who had not hired me. To make matters worse, the new boss was intent on reshaping the team and began using constructive dismissals to remove targeted employees. This mainly involved creating a hostile work environment using tactics such as mobbing, coordinated over electronic communication tools such as IM. In addition, my boss conducted extensive background checks for any dirt that could be used against me. For example, I was threatened that my resume would be investigated with a fine-toothed comb in search of even the slightest inconsistency that could be used against me. Fortunately, there were none.

After a stellar year of performance in which I received strong ratings in my end of year reviews, my bonus was arbitrarily docked and shared between favored team members. A close associate of the boss had informed me prior to the bonuses that they would be used to signal whom the boss wanted to stay and whom he wanted to leave. Given this, and several months of horrendous psychological attacks and ignored complaints to HR, I decided to leave on my own accord and resigned. Unbeknownst to me, my case was just the tip of the iceberg. My boss’ campaign of terror had been directed towards a significant number of team members based on protected categories and several of them had resorted to legal action. As a result, the whole episode devolved into a departmental scandal handled by both the department’s leadership and HR. As I had never been involved in such a sordid affair before, I decided not to take immediate legal action since my only desire was to move on with my life. This proved to be a colossal mistake. Unfortunately for me, only a few people chose a similar course with everyone else reaching expensive settlements. With the Bank determined to cover up the matter at the lowest possible cost, it resorted to one of its secret HR programs. This is when the real nightmare began for me!

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