Hello, I am in the automotive retail industry (drive through oil changes.)I am female. Recently I was placed on a 48 hour work suspension for reasons outside of this email. I was told to take it like a vacation, and it would be okay. but I had made a mistake and needed to be reprimanded as such.Because of this I have been anxious about speaking to a superior about innapropriate contact and language from my direct supervisor.Months ago when we learned that he would be transfered from another store ( we will call him Jared), and most likely promoted, an old assistant manager ( we will call him Alex ) said he was ‘pretty creepy with girls’. This was said a few times by some other people.Well, Alex was sent to another store and we recieved Jared. At the beginning Jared would make sexual ‘jokes’. I would pretend to laugh (though uncomfortable) and move on.Over time (about a month and a half) his comments have grown more sexual. He will touch my waist. Today he also caressed my arm. I asked him it was dirty or something. He simply stated ‘no’.At the end of the day all of the employees were closing (about 10 of us). Now averagely I wear a large sized shirt at work. However, it needed to be washed. So I wore a smaller uniform shirt with a tank top under it as sometimes one of the tip buttons pops open.It has popped open a few times during the day, so at the end I opened the top button. My chest is a bit large. So Jared made a comment about it ‘being closing time, and my cleavage is already out’ (I laughed again, though still uncomfortable ) and he then said that I was giving another employee a ‘4ft erection.’ this was said around 2-3 of my co-workers that are not my superiors.I feel uncomfortable moving forward with a complaint, as I fear they will dismiss me. I would like to note that this employee also has a reputation for being overly sexual with coworkers , as stated above. What can be done about this? I feel as though it gets worse every day.
Answer by Benjamin O Mbaegbu
Not VerifiedOntario lawyer
Posted 7 days ago
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