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I am a registered nurse for 24 years in same hospital.I am

in ma.Ive had a perfect...
I am a registered nurse for 24 years in same hospital.I am in ma.Ive had a perfect record until a new boss was hired about 8 months ago.She has since issued me 2 written warnings re pt complaints and a c/o from nursing aid that i did not respond to her concerns.she also informed me she is investigating why a pt i had was late for a ct scan.the 2nd warning included a suspension from work x 1 week.i am currently in the grievence process with my union and so far they have denied my grievances.i am now to go to step 3,which will be the ceo and head of hr.that is in a nutshell the story.my question is this.One day not long ago while the above process happening,i entered the office of my boss on unrelated issue.She was sitting at her desk and i was standing in front of it.I handed her a paper and at that time she leaned towards me and took my hand and wrist in both of her hands and held it.at this time she stated to me "everything is going to work out"My question is this:Is this an action from her ,unwanted touching,that could be sexual harrassment.I felt very uncomfortable when she held my hand.this incident was not witnessed.ty for responding
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I am sorry to hear of your dilemma.   I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that a single instance unwanted touching of your hand would be viewed as sexual harassment which meets the requirements of redressable claim.

In employment law, hostile environment sexual harassment refers to a situation where employees in a workplace are subject to a pattern of exposure to unwanted sexual behavior from persons other than an employee's direct supervisor where supervisors or managers take no steps to discourage or discontinue such behavior. It is distinguished from quid pro quo sexual harassment, where a direct supervisor seeks sexual favors in return for something within the supervisor's powers, such as threatening to fire someone, or offering them a raise.

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