Thursday, June 13, 2013

Kids these days

I filed a sexual harassment complaint against someone at work last month. The report spanned three and a half pages, single-spaced. I recorded dates and conversations in detail.

The perpetrator, AW, made incredibly inappropriate comments to me (which he still denies). My boss and his boss went to HR, told him to stop, and advised me to confront him directly after they opened up a file on him. I did so and he nearly shit his pants. 

Fast forward to this week. It was his birthday a couple of days ago and my friend took him out to have dim sum with the rest of the junior creatives. I declined the invitation, but asked if she could pick me up some savoury buns. During the meal, she discreetly asked the waiter for them and AW asked her who she was ordering for. She demurred. He insisted until she relented and told him the buns were for me.

Well, that set him off. He told her I had ruined his birthday lunch by "being there without being at the table" and both he and his gorilla sidekick called me a "huge bitch" for accusing him of sexual harassment since he's "awful to everyone!" (no arguing with that). 

In my defense, I doubt I could have ruined his birthday lunch considering how foolish he acted.  My friends told me he didn't recognize anything on the menu and made fun of the dishes with his gorilla friend, saying how everything probably contained "duck fetus" and is gross. At one point, the table required an extra place setting and instead of asking politely, AW lifted his plate up over his head and tapped it: "A plate. We. Need. A. Plate." Obnoxious little man.

Needless to say, I've been giving him the cold shoulder ever since I pulled him aside for "the talk."  He, on the other hand, tries to find reasons to hang around my cubicle even more. My indifference must be driving him nuts.

His gorilla sidekick left for a new agency today, so he has few allies left. (A senior copywriter called the creep out for stroking another woman's hair today.) Let's see how long he lasts before everyone gets sick of this lazy, credit taking, work stealing, intellectually empty, hack.