I am being accused of harassment. The accuser says s/he is taking the case to my Dean.
I am horrified. Horrified.
The issue in question is an email I sent last night to a staff member. It was an email of complaint. I think you can imagine that my idea of a complaint is not exactly a nasty screed. I even apologized for adding to the chorus of complaints I know this person is currently facing. I just felt a situation had carried on far too long, and it was unacceptable, and I wanted to register my dismay at the situation.
I should add that this staff person is not an administrative assistant nor in any kind of subordinate role relative to me.
Now the staff person has sent me a reply saying this constitutes harassment and s/he is getting the Dean involved.
I'm so freaked out I don't know what to do. I don't know whether to reply, or to just sit tight, or to contact my union. I guess replying is not a good thing to do, though my instinct is to send an email explaining that I intended a complaint, not harassment.