Disturbing Behavior By Co-Worker

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a co-worker who shows disturbing behavior:

Question:

I have feverishly searched your extensive archive looking for answers to this dilemma. Nothing quite answers this situation. I have just started working in a new job, about 8 months now. About 3 or 4 months in, a male coworker (please note that this coworker is older than I am), who I knew very little about, started talking to me. Being relatively new to the office, I looked at his behavior (very initially) as friendly. A helping hand so to speak.

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Is it Sexual Harassment?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about sexual harassment:

My boss’s wife who works in the office, has been asking other co-workers if I am sleeping with her husband….Is this sexual harassment?

Signed, Worried

Dear Worried:

Apparently your coworkers have told you about the question by your boss’s wife. She can’t be guilty of workplace harassment because she doesn’t work there. However your coworkers might charged with sexual harassment if they start making fun of you or frequently repeating her accusations. You should talk to an attorney about the legalities of the situtation and what are your options.

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Sexual Harassment Updated

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about sexual harassment: I was told that is just X being X and that if I took this out of the department I would lose my job as X is too valuable to lose.

1st issue: On the way home from a business meeting with a coworker, he grabbed my face and kissed me. I rode home as far away as possible but didn’t say anything to him until I was out of vehicle. I told bosses next day. I was told that is just X being X and that if I took this out of the department I would lose my job as X is too valuable to lose.

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