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 4 months ago
Please note that this is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice to you. Legal advice pertaining to your particular situation can only be provided by a lawyer who has met with you to obtain all pertinent background information necessary to give you a formal legal opinion. For formal legal advice, hire a lawyer (many give a free first consultation). Contact Benjamin O Mbaegbu, or search the Lawyer Directory.