Is blackmail always illegal?
October 30, 2006 4:25 AM Subscribe
I have a question about forcing an employee to resign.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (46 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have an employee who has been having affairs with multiple women over the past few years. He's a guidance counselor in our school district as well as a sports coach after school. I discovered these affairs by reading his email while investigating another charge against him (that turned out to have no merit). These women include other staff members, coaches from other schools and parents of kids he coaches. The emails between them are extremely explicit and detailed (think Dear Penthouse...).
This is unacceptable for several reasons and I want him gone ASAP, but I don't think my case is strong enough to fire him considering our teacher's union is very strong.
This is my question: Would it be illegal for me to threaten to send these emails to his wife if he doesn't resign? Could I get myself or our district in trouble by attempting this?
FYI: Not to sound rude, but I really don't care if anyone thinks I shouldn't get rid of him.