I Am a 23 year-old female working as a pastry chef at a very upscale restaurant. This is my first job out of school. The kitchen is very small. I work with four men 12-14 hrs a day. The head chef is abusive and intimidating, and every conversation is of an extremely graphic sexual nature. I have told him that this makes me very uncomfortable. He laughed and said this type of talk shouldn’t offend me of all people. His assumption was that sleep around a lot. I find out later that one of the other men I work with has told everyone that he and I had a sexual relationship. I have tried to defend myself and dispel this lie as I am in a serious relationship, but nobody believes me. I honestly believe that my boss has a deep hatred for women. He is a 30 yr-old man who slept with a teenage busser and now all he does is talk about how immoral she is. I really can’t leave this job, as I will never find one comparable in the state. I know this man is mentally unstable and an alcoholic. The owner would do nothing if I went to him, he is an older man who is very non-confrontational and will turn a blind eye to any problems. I am sick before work and usually leave in tears. I can’t take it anymore. Follow-up information:I live in a small community of about 600. The staff in the winter is about 12. The kitchen staff with which I work consists of four men and myself. There is a woman with whom I have shared my issues and she agrees with me that these men are horrible and abusive. She, however, only deals with them a few hours a week during service hours. During service, they usually clean up their act. Nobody actually witnesses the abuse and harassment, as it is only myself and the four of them for the first 10 hrs of the day. I have considered recording them, but I was informed this was illegal.I don’t want to leave my job, as I will never find a better career opportunity in the state. I would rather take the abuse than leave my job, but I have to believe there is a better way.