Yesterday was my last day at my previous job, where I worked in retail. I will not reveal the name of the company because I do not want to risk any legal action against me on their part. I began working with this company in early August. I had just moved to Georgia from New York and I had no work history here, so people were hesitant to hire me.
I secured this job after walking in and speaking with the general manager who informed me that he was hiring. I got the job on the spot and began work the following week. After three days of learning the register, I was sexually assaulted by a manager. He groped my butt while helping a different cashier at another register. I immediately told my general manager and was informed that they would investigate.
HR investigated, I was interviewed, he was interviewed and nothing happened. I then began to notice that my hours were being reduced. I eventually only worked 8-15 hours a week instead of the 20+ I was accustomed to. I’d get disapproving looks from my general manager when he wasn’t happy with whatever I was doing at work, although I always worked my hardest. He’d often call me into his office often and make outlandish claims that I didn’t know how to do my job well, that I had too many questions, and I needed to learn more. I had only been there for a month when he tried to gaslight me in this way. He knew that countless people filled out five-star surveys regarding my service and I had the best customer service skills out of anyone there. He tried to justify his reducing my hours by saying I didn’t know how to do my job. While working there after the assault, I’d see the manager who had assaulted me saunter around the store, displaying this profound belief in his own engorged power. I heard a “locker-room story” of this same manager drawing a penis going into a model’s mouth on an ad in the store. I reported that and nothing was done to correct it. Oftentimes, my male co-workers would make flirtatious comments about my Latina background, calling me “senorita” and speaking in Spanish to me.
I spoke with HR after these incidents and was simply told to “just do my job”, when I asked the female HR representative for advice regarding this situation. I had panic attacks when I’d see the manager and yet no one offered me the counseling services that the company apparently offered. I was thoroughly left on my own to deal with everything that had been done to me. Each time I saw this manager at work, I would become re-traumatized.
After three months, I found a full-time, better-paying, more meaningful job in my city and immediately took it. I worked my last day at the retail job yesterday and sent an e-mail to my general manager. That e-mail is enclosed below: