So today was a fucking shit show.
At 930am I was brought into hr, greeted with a stern face and the door was shut. I was completely confused about what was happening, and in complete shock about the accusations that were about to be said to me.
I recently got a promotion to a new department and have been getting trained by a younger female. In the 3 days of training I was attempting to build a work relationship as she would be working directly with me. I was learning about her life, hobbies, passions, and sharing about mine. During this time I didn't feel as if any of our conversations were rude, harassing, or sexual.
Today in the morning she went to hr accusing me of sexual and verbal harassment by doing the following.
- asking if she was single
- choose to train in a meeting room and closing the door instead of training at her desk
- asking her what she's doing during the weekend
- making reference to a friend's bad tattoo on her hip
I was not written up, but my boss, director, and hr managers are all aware of the situation and I am no longer allowed to talk with her. (I have a team of 3)
I can't believe this. My reputation is screwed, I went to my boss and he understands my side of the story and hr agrees that she may have been over sensitive and that I didn't intend to do this. I would like to soon apply to a government job that does a VERY thorough back ground check and will be asking my managers about stuff like this. SHIT.
I have learned a HUGE lesson to NEVER be friends with females at work. NEVER expect people to be friendly and to never talk about anything other than business with a female.
Hear my warning gents. I am not a douche, I am very well respected in the workplace and didn't think this would ever happen to me! Be careful out there.