My Manager Says He’s A Male Chauvinist!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about male chauvinist label:

My manager is not engaging with me and has claimed to be a male chauvinist. I reported this to his superior. Does she have to report this to her superior?

Signed, Frustrated

Dear Frustrated:

The HR policies of your organization probably say that if you make a complaint about a gender related issue, it should be forwarded higher in the chain of command. However, most organizations require the direct supervisor to do some cursory investigation at first. It could be that is being done. Or, it could be it was done and your manager doesn’t see a need to report higher. Another option is that your manager has reported it higher but the decision was to take no action. Consider contacting your manager’s manager, if a week or more has gone by, and ask if you can answer any further questions about your complaint. (That might remind her that you’re waiting!)

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