Did I Go Too Far by Humiliating My Colleague over Email?

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A lawyer at a large MNC has sparked debate after humiliating a colleague in an email thread. The lawyer had repeatedly asked their coworker to stop copying them into email chains with external affiliated companies, but the colleague did not listen. When it happened again with an affiliated company that the MNC may have a dispute with, the lawyer lost their temper and replied all, calling out their colleague's behavior. While some of their subordinates were happy with the email, others saw it as going too far. The question is, who is the a**hole in this situation? Read on to find out more.

When colleagues don't respect boundaries 🤨

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Politely asking colleague not to take unnecessary risks with affiliates.

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Colleague's email etiquette causes frustration for company advisor. 🤨

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When frustration boils over, is it ever justified? 🤔

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Victory for the underdogs, colleagues rejoice after email humiliation 🎉

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AITA? Let's find out 👀

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Did this lawyer go too far in humiliating a colleague?

A lawyer at a large MNC recently called out a colleague over email for constantly copying her into email chains with external affiliated companies, asking for legal advice without any context or heads-up. After repeated polite warnings, the lawyer finally removed all external parties from the thread and replied-all to the remaining people, expressing her frustration. While her subordinates were happy with her actions, some mutual colleagues thought she went too far. In this post, we explore whether the lawyer's actions were justified and the consequences of her email. Read on to find out more and share your thoughts in the comments below.

In-house lawyers are not just free attorneys for everyone 💯

GreyIgnis | GreyIgnis

NTA, but potential legal liability at the company. Time for HR?

mm172 | mm172

In-house lawyers unite! NTA for calling out unprofessionalism 💼👨‍⚖️

smdhxx17 | smdhxx17

Hitting the nuclear button at work: necessary or unprofessional? 🤔

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Lawyer gets revenge on colleague who won't listen 🤣

Manofthedecade | Manofthedecade

Responding to a rude colleague with a snotty email is an asshole move, even if you're frustrated. OP could have handled it more civilly.

kal_el_diablo | kal_el_diablo

Taking down a difficult colleague with backup 🙌

Independent_Sir9565 | Independent_Sir9565

Commenter and replies agree: colleague is a liability 🤦‍♂️

Avebury1 | Avebury1

Standing up for the company: NTA for humiliating colleague 💼👊

CJsMom2000 | CJsMom2000

Handling a colleague's incompetence, ESH, but OP went too far 😬

brian7ls | brian7ls

Taking risks at work? 🤔 Politely ask to stop!🚫

Enememes | Enememes

YTA for humiliating colleague over email. Escalate through proper channels. 🙅

redcore4 | redcore4

Curious about the delay in reporting Bill's behavior? 🤔

pacifica333 | pacifica333

Make use of your HR department, they're there to help! 🤝

JBagginsKK | JBagginsKK

Public shaming backfires for both parties involved. 💻😳

jmgolden33 | jmgolden33

Being a hard-ass is just part of a legal counsel's job 😎

PattersonsOlady | PattersonsOlady

Handling unprofessionalism like a boss 💼

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Escalation could have been done better. HR or manager informed.

GreatScotRace | GreatScotRace

Handling unprofessional emails from colleagues: ESH and suggestions

amdaly10 | amdaly10

Responding to a stubborn colleague over email? Think twice.

I-love-CERN | I-love-CERN

Setting boundaries at work 👍

MD7001 | MD7001

Publicly humiliating colleagues is toxic workplace behavior. YTA.

bleaston1982 | bleaston1982

Politeness didn't work. Being stern was necessary. NTA 👍

Saraqael_Rising | Saraqael_Rising

Colleague humiliated over email, but OP is NTA. Oops! ¯\\\_(ツ)\_/

ForwardPlenty | ForwardPlenty

Giving legal opinion is your job, NTA for doing that.

amish__ | amish__

Standing up to a d-bag colleague pays off 💪🏼

The_Pip | The_Pip

Public shaming worked for this Redditor's colleague 🤔

NearbyFoundation121 | NearbyFoundation121

Oops! Public shaming never ends well 😬

t_a_degen | t_a_degen

Diligent OP keeps team informed, not the a**hole in email chain 📧

Rude_Ostrich_503 | Rude_Ostrich_503

Standing up to colleagues: How far is too far?

lapsteelguitar | lapsteelguitar

Navigating workplace conflict with shared boss: tricky but necessary 🤝

karskipellis | karskipellis

Documenting warning emails: A smart move by a lawyer 📝

crbryant1972 | crbryant1972

Navigating conflict at work can be tricky 🤔

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Company lawyer's disclaimer: NTA comment agrees.

planetalletron | planetalletron

Sending the email to juniors wasn't the best move 😬

zygotic | zygotic

Engaging in office drama via email? ESH, but there's a better way.

MindyOne | MindyOne

Protecting a company from legal risk: Setting the record straight ✉️💼

funchefchick | funchefchick

Both parties acted unprofessionally, time to grow up 💼👨‍💼

ilovepuscifer | ilovepuscifer

Handling a difficult colleague over email: YTA but justified 🤷‍♀️

iotashan | iotashan

Salespeople have massive egos and will do anything physically possible 😂

snatchi | snatchi

ESH situation - coworker did bad work but publicly humiliating is wrong.

phantomboats | phantomboats

Handling a difficult colleague through proper channels is key 🤝

MariaInconnu | MariaInconnu

Being professional is key 🔑. Chew out in private.

PinkThunder138 | PinkThunder138

Maintaining political capital while being scathing 👍 NTA.

_Julanna | _Julanna

Unprofessional behavior calls for unprofessional responses 🤷‍♀️

pepperbeast | pepperbeast

Join r/Lawyers for more venting and stories! 😃

AshTreex3 | AshTreex3

Learn how to deal with annoying colleagues professionally 🤝

YouMeanOURusername | YouMeanOURusername

When your profession already gives away your YTA status 😬

rockmasterson | rockmasterson

Legal professional called out for not handling colleague issue properly 😬

FreakNasty100 | FreakNasty100

Humiliating colleagues is unprofessional. Opt for a cold-yet-professional response. 😐

Icy_Platypus9 | Icy_Platypus9

Don't be the office bully. Let the bosses handle it.

Blewedup | Blewedup

Being professional matters. ESH verdict for humiliating colleague via email.

quooklyn | quooklyn

Publicly shaming your colleague? YTA! Here's why 🙄

burkestra | burkestra

Reconsider your approach next time to avoid career consequences ⚠️

jadnich | jadnich