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I have been employed for 17 years with a major aerospace company Like any corporation it functions through a multi-tiered managerial hierarchy In the spring of 2000 several derogatory comments appeared on wwwcompanygossipcom about Stella OBrien not her real name an employee of the aerospace company The wwwcompanygossipcom is a website in which anyone can post comments about their superiors and co-workers or complaints about their employment environment The comments posted about Stella were slanderous and sexually explicit and evidently posted by a co-worker Stella reported these incidents directly to the Manager of Launch Operations the head of the aerospace program on which she worked He told her to just ignore it Not surprisingly within a few days slanderous statements were again posted about Stella on the website She again complained to the Manager of Launch Operations who took no steps to report the incidents to upper management Instead he reported the incident to the Manager of the Information Systems Department Mr Blair not his real name Mr Blairs response was Dont worry about it just ignore it The website comments continued becoming more crude and graphic Stella then contacted the Manager of the Human Resources Department who advised her that it was a freedom of speech issue and that HR could do nothing about it He suggested that she contact the companys Ethics Department As the incidents continued Stella repeatedly reported them to Mr Blair and finally threatened to retain an attorney to force the company to resolve the problem Mr Blair fearing legal action contacted the companys legal department and several other consultants to advise him on the best course of action About two weeks after Stella threatened to retain a lawyer the problem was resolved The systems administrator denied access to all computers on the companys network to the IP address and internet domain name of wwwcompanygossipcom In other words the IS Department locked all employees access to the
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