I manage a dev and project team with about 15 people. Every morning we have a stand up. Fairly standard stuff for an agile team.
However, about once a month, someone who clearly participated in the standup sends out an anonymous email like this to our black employee:
“The [n-word] couldn’t stop talking about [feature].“
“[Racial Epithet] really thinks that [proposed solution] will succeed at fixing [problem].”
This has been going on for 4 months.
IT can’t find anything about who may have sent it as it probably wasn’t done from a work device. The emails come from different addresses each time, so an email block isn't sufficient.
HR proposed “diversity education” which I let people sign up for if they wanted (nobody did), but that didn’t work. They otherwise don’t know what to do.
The emails are infrequent enough that it’s hard to tell who it might be from standup attendance. He doesn’t have any clear enemies on the team as far as I know.
My team is mostly technical and experienced with networks. Every member of my team would know that network traffic can be monitored or how to use Tor. We have used hotspot to bypass our security in the past for testing.
I’m at a loss for what else I might try? How can I identify the culprit or at least stop the emails?
I will be looking into keyword filtering options for the email, but that’s fixed by choosing the next racial slur.