My manager keeps touching me. He slaps me on the back, a little too hard to be what I would consider friendly. He puts his arm around me and kind of hugs me and randomly grabs my arm or shoulder when walking by. While I don't really consider it to be sexual harassment, I do find it very uncomfortable and want him to stop. My issue is that he is a bit of a bully and when I tell him to stop I'm certain it will lead to my being fired. He has also screamed at me, threatened my job and called me a "looser" in front of my peers. Is there anything I can do?
State/Country relating to question: Washington
I've done nothing, out of fear of retaliation.
Thank you for contacting our JA team for guidance. Sexual harassment is an unwanted touching or unwelcome sexual advances. His hugging, touching, and grabbing you is sexual harassment. Since you believe complaining will lead to your termination and HR will not remedy the situation, file a complaint with the EEOC right away (assuming the employer has at least 15 employees).The yelling may or may not be connected to the harassment and would not be actionable on it's own as the law allows employers to be nasty, they just cannot discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, etc. If it rises to the level of assault where you feel threatened for your safety, file a police report. Please let me know if you need additional information. Best regards XXXXX XXXXX TG ___________________________________________________________________________________ Please press the "accept" button so I may be credited and paid for my time when I have answered your question. I am available to answer follow-up questions or to clarify this answer. Positive feedback and a bonus are always appreciated. Thank you very much. NOTE: Sometimes we receive your question before we receive your additional "optional information". If my response does not appear to consider your optional information, please let me know as I was probably not able to view it when your question was first received.
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