Hawley, PA asked in Sexual Harassment for Pennsylvania

Q: I was in a work meeting with 3 "executive leaders" and myself.

I was in a work meeting with 3 "executive leaders" and myself. At the very start of the meeting the top lead asked how my wife was. I answered that she was good and he immediately said "I still haven't met her, I don't believe you have a wife, you probably have a 300 pound man at home." Furthermore, throughout this meeting this was joked about 2 more times as me "sleeping with a man" and again as "the 300 pound man I have at home." I took this as sexual harassment and want it rectified. What can I do?

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Sounds like you need another company. It's an interesting question whether or not it's sexual harassment if they merely assume something (that isn't true). For instance may a person who is not of color be "racially harassed " when they aren't the protected group? No. However make a note of who said what when. Suggest you speak to an attorney who handles work place environnment cases.

Generally, the law takes the position that employers can be as obnoxious as they want to be--they just can't be obnoxious in certain categories.

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