I was shocked to hear a story about alleged sexual harassment in the workplace. I’m curious if you have heard similar horror tales — or if this incident was just an unfortunate, hoary, happenstance.
The hoariness started when a female worker with a disability was able to have her employer hire a male to be her assistive co-worker. The assistive male was a legal accommodation under the equal access aspect of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Their relationship blossomed beyond the workspace. They moved in together. They contemplated marriage. They were together 24/7. Then the assistive male, during working hours, became less assistive. He would disappear from the office for hours during the day.
When the disabled female needed her assistive male, he could not be found. The disabled female fell behind at work — yet she refused to blame her assistive male because she was in love with him — even though he was the reason for her downfall. One day, the female Boss of the Office cornered the assistive male in the coffee room and confronted him on his wretched performance in the workplace. The assistive male growled a lie to cover the truth, “If you speak to me again on this matter, I will file sexual harassment charges against you.”
Knowing any inquiry would come down to the assistive male’s word against that of the female Boss’, he smiled and slipped away from the office for the rest of the day. The disabled female continued to protect her assistive male because it was her right to choose her accommodation — even an unworthy one — under the ADA and, because, she really liked him much more than just as an assistive device at work.
What do you make of a person who would use the false charge of sexual harassment in order to retain the benefits of — and the payments for — a job that was not being done?