To answer your question, sit down and make a detailed, written list of all of the incidents, their dates and locations of where this fellow harassed you and descriptions of the harassment that occurred. Make sure to include the names of any witnesses to these events on your list. Present this document, along with a formal complaint letter to the HEAD, copied to your embassy, assuring the Head that your next step will be:
a.) to go to your embassy for support.
b.) to request that your embassy contact the other teacher’s embassy to discuss his behavior with him.
c.) to request that your embassy contact you host country’s government to explain the situation to them. The most effective deterrent to this fellow would be if the host country were to threaten lifting his work VISA should he continue to harass you in this manner.
Failing any concrete steps by the Head to assist you, I would then follow through.
A.) Take your documentation to your embassy as a follow-up to the copy of the letter to the Head that you have already sent to them. Have a counselor/assistant at the embassy call the school you are at to express clear concerns about your safety in this type of situation.
B.) You might also go to the stalker’s embassy and explain the situation to them. It would be even more useful if you could convince a consultant at your embassy to call someone at the stalker’s embassy to have them assist you with this matter.
C.) Finally, ask the representative of your embassy to also contact the Immigration and Visitor/Work VISA section of the host country government to explain the situation to them there. The most effective
deterrent to this fellow would be if the host country were to threaten lifting his work VISA should he continue to harass you in this manner.
This last contact would be the most serious step since it involves the citizens of two countries and their embassies, in what might become a diplomatic tug-of-war with the host country, you present host country in the center.
Certainly, if your Head is not able to deal with the situation effectively, you are only left with diplomatic channels and I would follow them vigorously. As you have indicated, this fellow is just moving along from one female teacher to the next like a fungal growth. While someone needs to take a stand to stop him, ABOVE ALL ELSE, DO NOT RISK YOUR OWN SAFETY BY TAKING ANY STEPS THAT MIGHT JEOPARDIZE YOUR OWN PHYSICAL WELL-BEING. IF NECESSARY, WALK AWAY FROM THE SITUATION!
If you are forced to do that, tell the Head that you will be seeking legal assistance upon return to your home country for breach of contract, non-support and other issues, naming himself, the School and anyone else who might be culpable including the Board and Owners. Whether or not you could take these folk to court is one thing; I would certainly throw down the gantlet as a last resort.
Here is a quote from a recent posting to the ISR Forum that you may find helpful: “Schools that recruit in the US as well as schools that have Americans on the Board are governed by the equal employment opportunity commission and thus US labor laws. Check out the site www.eeoc.gov for information. If the school receives funds from the Office of Overseas Schools they also can be held accountable. In addition, accrediting agencies have ethics clauses and may be a source of help.
Please keep in touch. If there is anything further that I can do to assist, I will. If you want me to write an email/letter directly to your Head on your behalf supporting your position, I would be more than happy to do this.