Question: “My boss is making strange comments that I’m not sure how to handle. Last week, he said that it is not unusual for people in my position to sleep with their managers. I was so shocked that I didn’t even respond. I just continued talking about work. Yesterday, he told me how much he loves me and that he will never let me quit my job. This seems kind of weird. What should I do?” —Confused
Answer: Your manager’s comments are more than weird. They constitute a clear case of sexual harassment. This man is a predator, so you need to take defensive action now.
If you work for a large company, you must immediately report this inappropriate behavior to your human resources manager. Competent HR professionals know how to handle these situations, so you should receive some clear guidance about what to do next.
But if your unscrupulous boss owns the business, then you need to find another job as quickly as possible, because this situation will only get worse. Until you are able to leave, make it very clear that these remarks make you uncomfortable and that your relationship must remain strictly professional.
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