harrassment by outside persons
Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:53 AM
Posted 11 April 2012 - 08:05 AM
Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:52 AM
I am being sent harrassing emails and text messages from a disgruntled business owner. . . . This is the second negative text message I've received from this party's friends who live outside of California.
Ok, so we're talking about two text message and how many e-mails?
What can I do.
I'm sure you can do lots of things, including changing your mobile phone number and blocking e-mails from this bozo.
What should I do?
It's not really appropriate for a bunch of anonymous strangers who know almost nothing about the situation to be opining what you should do. You're obviously free to consult with a local attorney about: (1) whether your employer owes you any legal duty regarding these "threatening email[s] [and] negative text messages;" and (2) whether you have any viable civil claim against the "disgruntled business owner."
By the way, and without intending to be insulting, I assume this is a relatively rinky-dink, small-town newspaper, since any newspaper of any size likely would have a policy for dealing with this sort of thing.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:57 AM
Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:27 AM
My employer is a small privately owned business that has weekly newspapers in neighboring cities within the San Joaquin Valley. I showed him a nasty text message I received from this person in November (actually five or six messages). This was the first email I received from him that was threatening legal action against me for lying in my editorials. I severed all personal contact with the letter writers back in November. However, they have friends throughout the US and two of those friends have sent me nasty text messages from numbers I'm unfamiliar with. Unfortunately, the first set of text messages are gone once I got rid of my old cell phone and I have the one recent text message sent from Arkansas. Did a reverse phone look up but could not get a name. I've asked the sheriff's department to check out the number and still waiting for a reply as to their success.
This person who emailed me subjected me to drunken rants on the phone throughout 2011. I would just listen and say umm or something like that. Never giving my opinion on what he would be spouting about. This most recent letter was another drunken rampage attacking my character and business ethics. Threatening me with legal action for an editorial I wrote, which by the way the information was confirmed by the mayor that everything I wrote was factual. I've decided to ignore everything I receive from these two persons.
Thank you for your response. I appreciate it.
Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:59 AM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:05 AM
Thank you so much for your assistance. Since I let my employer read the email, we both have decided to ignore it. Perhaps if another arrives, we will do what is necessary.