Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Looks Like the Pump is on the Other Foot! (Part 1 of 2)

It wasn't just that my husband had been totally sexist when he bitched out our Receptionist for the somewhat plain clothes she wore to work, but he also did it in a manner which was downright sexually harassing. She came to me in tears, and informed me that she could not work under those conditions, and that she was considering legal action besides. We  had only started the business a few months ago, and a lawsuit at this point, would have forced us out before we even good things going.

I begged and pleaded with her, and informed her that I would do whatever she wanted if she could get past this. She explained that as long as he was her boss, she didn't think he was capable of controlling his overbearing attitude. when I explained to her that we weren't in a position to hire any new employees, and since he and I were the only ones that were actually handling managerial duties, that I really couldn't promote her to a position where she wouldn't be under his authority.

But she had a solution for that, which certainly equated to letting the punishment fit the crime! She had been with us since the start, and knew, and had performed every duty that was involved with our operation, and explained why there was no reason why she wouldn't be able to perform HIS duties and thereby not be an underling to him. I responded that if I put her in that situation, that
there would be nothing for my husband to do, and that we would still need a 'girl at the desk'.

She then stated that since he wanted her to 'pretty her sexy ass up a bit, so that those in the waiting area would have some suitably feminine looking 'eye candy' to admire  while they were waiting,'  that  it would just be an ideal situation, if he were put in that role, so everyone could get a good idea as to what his idea of those standards should be. She further suggested that it would be best if we came up with an appropriate outfit, and mandated it as a uniform, so that we would never have this type of confrontation in the future.

So sorry, Curt! Until such time as we expand to the point where we can afford to replace you, and put you in a position where our female employees will not have to suffer your insensitivity, it looks like you'll be going by the name of Karen for now on!

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