‘Game over’ for NYC worker, ‘game on’ for retaliation suit

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A snarky reply to an employee’s email—plus alleged retaliation—has landed a Manhattan firm in legal hot water.

A former employee of The Change Group, a currency exchange, claims he sent what he thought was an anonymous email complaining about sexual harassment at the company. Almost immediately, he received an email reply addressing him by name and saying, “game over, IP traced.”

The man claims co-workers had warned him about reprisals if he complained about harassment. Sure enough, the company fired him three weeks after he sent his email.

Now he has filed suit in federal court seeking damages—and the anonymous emailer’s name.

Note: Federal law requires giving employees at least two avenues to report harassment. Employers may not retaliate against employees for reporting employment law violations.

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