I got written up at work the other day for workplace violence / harassment. I know you’re thinking what the fuck could this dude be up to that he’d get accused of such a charge. I’m not a violent cat. I don’t often get in altercations and definitely not at work. I keep work light and easy. I crack jokes when I can but otherwise, I do my job and keep to myself.
From the day I got there I formed a sort of teasing relationship with one of my femme co-workers. She’d tease me, I’d tease her back. It was mutual, except often I’d get to her to say things like “OOOOh! I just want to hit you.” Or she’d tell me she hates me while laughing hysterically. She had invited me on a weekend trip to a gambling town, and also invited me to go snowboarding twice. I declined because I don’t shit where I eat, and being new to the job / town I can find tail better places than the joint that provides me with my income.
Thursday night I was over at my homey’s house tracking vocals for our demo / press kit. His daughter has some goofy friends and one is quite good at drawing. She had a picture on the fridge with something along the lines of “I hope your tumbler gets deleted.” and farther down on the page a cartoonish picture of someone punching someone else in the face. It read “This is me hitting _____ I hope she gets put in a blender.” Now me being a completely compulsive idiot sometimes,. saw this and went I should text it to ____… The names were the same. So I take a picture of it, send it to ____ with the words “what did you do?”. She thinks it’s from work, she calls, I tell I found it on homeys fridge, it has nothing to do with her, and I didn’t draw it. She’s laughing and I don’t think anything of it. Well the next day I get called into HR and asked if I need to tell her anything about the day before. I didn’t have any clue, but it dawned on me after she said “what about the hours between 7PM and 9PM” which were not during my work hours.
Apparently, according to our HR manager, harassment and what not extends through the day into evening even when one is not on the clock. The law cares not about intent. It doesn’t even matter. So even though I have an outside work relationship with this chick, she can call HR on me for anything I do outside of hours if she so chooses. She could say I grabbed her ass and I’d be with a lack of resource to defend myself.
Needless to say, I learned a lesson here, and that is straighten the fuck up at work and don’t socialize with my peers in any sort of manner. My understanding of sexual harassment etc is that if he or she asks you to stop and you do it again, that’s harassment. Chick didn’t say “I’m upset, that was fucked up.” No she didn’t do anything of the like. She just up and ran to HR and ratted me out as a threat. There was a major lack of congruence here.
I’m all for respect at the workplace, not sexually objectifying the female help, but this is absurd. Lessons learned, bridges burned. Deleted her number (which she gave me) and blocked her on social sites. Fuck that shit.