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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

No cash for Maria's fast-food job from hell

This comment from Maria just landed in Proper fast-food management techniques, about the young St. Louis area woman awarded $180,000 for sexual harassment she endured on a fast-food job. I'm posting the comment because, well, you can't make this stuff up.

  • Back in 1988, I started my first job. The owner hit on me, tried to kiss me, showed me pictures of his wife and kids and talked about how he was in an unhappy marriage, said he could take me on business trips with him, blah, blah. i was terrified and didn't know what to do.
  • I decided it would be best to feign interest. When my mother picked me up at the end of the night I started bawling cos I felt dirty.
  • I wanted to forget all about it but she dragged me to the police station where the cops made me tell them OVER AND OVER in detail what happened. They'd listen then go get another guy and they asked me if I was a virgin, how did I know he was interested in me, had I ever had a relationship with an older man before, etc. It was gross, like they were getting off on me telling them.
  • And what happened? Nothing. No charges. Nothing. Of course, this was before the whole Anita Hill stuff. Damn. I want my $180K!
  • Posted by: maria | Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 11:30 AM

Some may blame Maria for "feigning interest", but I think there's an equal chance her behavior shows the intimidating authority a boss can have over a young, inexperienced employee.


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