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Workplace Bites

This happened to me 20 years ago.

I finally received my 4 year degree and was able to move up in the company I was working at. I was offered a job as an HR manager, but it meant moving 4 hours away from where we were living. My husband had sustained an injury working so I knew, at this time in my life, I was going to be the paycheck for awhile. My husband and I agreed to the job and we were going to move.

I went first and spent a month in training and actually. I met the store manager and immediately had a fight or flight reaction. I should have run. He was very handsome and much older. He didn't flirt with me, but was obnoxious with the other women. Did I know about following my gut? Yes, but I ignored it. I heard rumors about him and his escapades but didn't come face-to-face with his perverted side until a little 16-year -old cashier came in and told me he was requiring the girls to give him blow jobs in his office. I called all of the women employees in and got written statements and then the call of truth -- I called corporate and reported him. What I didn't know was that the corporate guy was his buddy. Long story short, they tried to fire me, but I had enough information on the both of them to get them both fired.

I quit and moved back home. I was thrilled the store manager was finally fired, but it bothers me that he is still out there with potential victims. That job was the worst decision of my life.

Tags: Bad Behavior, Behavior, Employee, Job, Morals/Ethics/Values, Personal Responsibility, Personal Responsiblity, Values, Workplace
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