There are two owners at the family restaurant that I work at. One is young he is the nephew to the old pervert Greek guy. He has been physically and verbally harassing me since the place opened. I have said things to him to get him to stop and he won't. It does for a bit then starts again. His nephew is too much of a pussy to say anything. If any real action is taking this perv will make my work life hell, I know it. The hours are so convenient, I work around my Husbands schedule, and it's close to my house. I don't want to quit, my Husband wants me to quit and my family does too. If this nonsence would stop it would be perfect. Advice?
You live in a very small town where, I would guess there aren't many jobs. Especially ones with a convenient schedule and close to home. Puts you in a tough place.
There are a couple of ways to handle this, I suppose. You could just decide to ignore the old pervert and regard him as harmless. Tell him off every so often and have him stop for awhile. Another approach is to terminate the job and seek employment elsewhere.
In the middle, you could sue and , if he is actually touching you, file a criminal complaint with the authorities.
If his actions are when he is drunk, you might also have a stern conversation with him when he is sober and make clear that you know what your options are. and that they aren't pleasant for him. Put the comments in a letter that you hand deliver. That way if he fires you, you may have a basis for retaiation action.
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If you wish to pursue a claim of sexual harassment, the first step that you would need to take is to initiate a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. The deadline to file a complaint with one of these government agencies is 180 days from a discriminatory act. You need only file with one of these agencies, as long as the complaint is "cross-filed" with the other agency. A complaint is required if you want to bring a lawsuit about the treatment. There are many issues to consider. But the law requires that you file a complaint if you want to ever pursue a lawsuit.
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