Re: Terminated due to false sexual harrassment claim
I used to be a manager in a MNC in Malaysia. I have given an employee a performance message in 2010 but decided to revert the message as the employee appealed to me for a second chance. At the same time I didn't know that the employee has started secretly recorded our private conversation for about 6 months. He also dug a lot of info about my personal relationships with other people and material which I thought it's will be harmful as it was in a 1:1 settings.
Upon seeing unsatisfactory performance message, I have raised an official performance message again. But the employee retaliated with revealing my personal stuff and also, said that I have sexually harrassed him three times in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and the reason why I have given him performance message is that he wanted to leave after the sexual harrassment. I have evidence that show the performance message happens way before that. And both times, it was only AFTER the performance message, he said he wanted to leave.
When he presented the secret audio recordings to the company's investigator, I felt so violated as the HR played the recording back and asked me what I meant, including my personal stuff. I filed a complain towards the HR as the company policy stated clearly audio recordings of 1:1 is clearly prohibited with or without consent. The HR didn't probe me further on the audio recordings but since then, he has been hostile towards me.
3 months later I have been terminated as they claimed that I have dated the employee (which was a single outing to a hawker stall) and have also sexually harassed him. The HR has also reverted the performance message on the employee.
May I know what action would you recommend?