For the first week of the job everything its fine . Until second week , my friend get touched on the butt by his boss .
He thought that the boss accidentally touch his butt (you know sometimes accident may occurs like sometimes hand to be swinging back and forth ) .
My friend brush off the idea thinking that its small issues . Until the third week , this boss started to touch his bottom and his chest .
So my friend tried to avoid his boss at all cost if possible . The boss only do this when my friend is alone .
Im not really good at advising but what i did advice to my friend was to lodge a complaint to higher ups and threaten the boss if the boss continue to harrass him .My friend also doesnt want to make a scene
Any other advice i could give to my friend ?
- Discussing it first with HR seems like a terrible way of not only risk it getting it swept under the rug, but getting your friend in a worse vulnerable position
- The fk. Just record evidence either by video or fingerprints on clothing and report to police. No use working there if being taken advantage of.
- If your friend doesn’t want to make a scene then he/she can only quit. How else can your friend get out of that when he/she refuses to report? I get the fear of reporting since it’s someone in power but even if your friend just quit, that vermin will find a new target. I hope you will be able to persuade your friend to report. But first and foremost, gather evidence first.
- There are several things you can consider advising your friend about:
– what is the level of this “boss” in the organisational hierarchy? If this “boss” is a junior or mid-level manager, there is a chance that an escalation to higher management may work. Can consider requesting for a transfer to another department as well, to minimise friction and continued bad relations in the workplace.
– it is helpful to remember, concretely, when, where, and how the inappropriate touches occurred. It is also helpful to remember who might have been around to witness it. In the event that you decide to make a police report, all these information would be crucial for the police and for prosecutors to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to make out a charge. Corroborative evidence from other witnesses would certainly help as well. If there is some other sort of evidence (CCTV, video?) all these would also make the case stronger.
– consider reaching out to a support organisation (eg. A helpline) if you require advice or assistance. You can Google “Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP)” and “Workplace Harassment” and check out the support resources. MSF and AWARE also run some schemes on harassment but workplace-related harassment appears to be under TAFEP’s ambit.