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Is this the only time that this has ever happened?
Is this employee alleging that he/she is being singled out and therefore alleging harassment?
Why is this being done? For example, is it supposed to be a joke?
Has anyone ever complained about this to the employer before?
So clearly what has to happen here is the employer has to be told that not only is this a harmless joke and no harm was intended but this has been going for a while and all the employees have been included so this employee is not being singled out and this is an isolated incident and so not a case of harassment.
And the best approach would be for the person who tied on the ribbon to apologize and agree not to do this again.
Does that help?
Are you about to have a hearing, and if so who is representing you?
I see. So you are likely in good hands and as I am a stranger to this and feel that this is not a case of discrimination or harassment it is very likely that an arbitrator would feel the same way.