Target: John Legere, T-Mobile CEO
Goal: Implement and follow a stricter sexual harassment policy and rehire employee who quit when her sexual harassment concerns were allegedly not addressed.
A woman was allegedly told to sign away her right to speak out in order to initiate a sexual harassment investigation at a major mobile phone company. Angela Agganis was a loyal eight-year T-Mobile employee who had diligently worked her way up the ladder when she was assigned a new supervisor, Gary Rochon. Even before the personnel switch was complete, Angela was aware of Rochon’s reputation. She later found out that he’d lost his medical license in Wisconsin for inappropriate behavior with a patient and was allegedly fired from his next job for sexual harassment.
Despite this, T-Mobile hired Rochon and placed him in a position of power over female employees. As Angela’s supervisor, Rochon’s history of inappropriate behavior reportedly continued. Initially, under the guise of “teaching” her something, Rochon sat on her desk with his crotch intimately close to her face and covered her hand with his to guide the computer mouse, according to Agganis.
In a short period of time, Rochon escalated to shoulder touches and massages. Angela made it clear to Rochon she was uncomfortable with his behavior. Rather than back off, Rochon allegedly pulled Angela into a private meeting and threatened to write her up for missing metrics that were actually outside of her target. Rochon’s innuendo made it clear to Angela that she’d be written up if she took action against him.
Angela finally decided her dignity was more important and reported Rochon to HR. She was told they’d investigate, but first she had to sign a waiver barring her from speaking about the sexual harassment with anyone. Rather than give up her rights of free speech and self-protection, Angela quit.
Tell T-Mobile they must update their sexual harassment policy to one of zero-tolerance and rehire Angela including back pay for lost wages due to their inept handling of her sexual harassment complaint.
Dear Mr. Legere,
As CEO of one of the largest mobile providers in the country, you have a responsibility to your employees and shareholders to provide a safe work environment. Several incidents of unaddressed sexual harassment have been reported across the nation, most recently in Maine.
After months of trying to cope with her supervisor on her own and allegedly suffering increasingly flagrant sexual harassment, loyal employee Angela Agganis finally reported Gary Rochon to HR. Rather than receiving the confidentiality and respect she was due, Angela was asked to sign away her rights. Rather than do so, she quit.
Gary Rochon’s history of sexually inappropriate behavior should have meant he was never hired by T-Mobile. Instead, T-Mobile has lost a loyal employee and endangered the safety of all women working for him.
We demand that T-Mobile implement a zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy and rehire Angela Agganis, including providing her with back pay for the lost wages she’s suffered as a result of T-Mobile’s inept handling of her complaint.
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