to work at a place, which shall remain nameless. An interesting and
significant case of sexual harassment happened there. One of our departments
employed a fellow from a different country with slightly different standards
there Aside and apart from that, he had psychological problems, paranoia
combined with delusions of importance and a conviction of his own intellectual
superiority. He was under the impression that women were interested
in him when they were not in the least so interested. He couldnt
believe that they were not completely taken in by his charms and, if
they were not, it was because they were deluded..
a tall fellow with a fair bit of weight on him but he was not unfit.
He played racquetball and what have you. He could bounce around with
agility, I was told, so he was a bit of a threat. This man would lie
in wait for student interns. These were young people who would come
in, on contract, as trainees for the work experience.
student interns would work late because there were special tasks they
had to do. This villain would wait until just about everyone had left
the office and then he would visit these girls and hang
about. He was a large man. It was threatening to them. The girls complained
to management but management, in the style of management everywhere,
thought the way to solve a problem was to sweep it under the carpet.
They didnt move this guy to another area or anything. He still
hung about and the girls had no defense.
very fortunately, he became entranced with a girl intern who worked
down near the Executive Directors office. She was in her office
cubicle working during regular hours and the Executive Directors
secretary was working nearby. Apparently, the intern had complained
to management that he had been harassing her. Their response was to
move her to a safer area. Our villain discovered she had complained
about him and he meant to give her a piece of his mind.
guy entered her office and leaned over her desk. This frightened her
a lot and she screamed. That scream pretty much ended it all. That was
the end, not of legal shenanigans, but of his being on the ground there
in the office and his being able to get away with harassing the young
ladies. He had gone one step too far and was banned from the office
back once after he was booted out. He went all around the office and
harangued people and made a general fuss and threat of himself. I was
concerned for Annalee, who worked in his area of the office. He had
it in for her. She was an older lady. I was younger then, and pretty
feisty. I had sensed trouble brewing and had brought into the office,
concealed, a pair of suitably modified plastic nunchucks a martial arts
weapon made famous by martial artist Bruce Lee. I was going after him
when he invaded the office for his last shout. I knew he had entered
the officers in my section ran interference on me. He should have been
a football player. He was good at it. He was going from one side of
the aisle to the other as I was trying to march towards the source of
the trouble, all the time repeating I wouldnt do that if
I were you, Sonia! The trouble died down. Annalee was unharmed
and I didnt get to try out my amateur martial arts skills or lack
in the style of management everywhere, overreacted after the fact and
posted security guards at all the entrances. They would not let him
in again. Problem was that they hadnt given him a fair trial.
He brought a case through the Union and it dragged on and on. He accused
any and everybody of being against him and tried to pull them into this
case because he was so important they must all be involved. I probably
should mention that, although he was deluded, he was not dumb.
eyes he was right and he knew it. He was totally justified and everyone
was prejudiced against him. This went on, unbelievably for years before
it was finally settled, in our highest court of appeal. He had no case
whatsoever but the Department had been wrong to terminate his services
so abruptly without fair trial. His employment was not terminated but
he was put in with a group, engineers or something, who were ALL guys.
Even the secretary, although gay, was a guy. They must have figured
that would pretty well stop the problem right there.
as I know he is still working for the Department in that masculine enclave.
Some things confound the mind. This thing got so out of hand. Part of
it was his delusions of his own importance and grandeur. his attractiveness
to the fair sex and so forth. The rest of it was management just ignoring
it until it was too late, then they overreacted. Thus, when one girls
complaint was finally acknowledged and he was told not to bother her,
it started this chain reaction.
got a feeling that this is not the first time this sort
of thing has happened in an office. I suspect this sort of thing can
© Sonia Brock 2007