Ugh. I have a little work drama…
I am employeed at a dress shoppe where I style women for events and weddings. Next door to us there is a little vegetarian café which is owned by my boss’s son. Since I started working at the dress shop the cafe owner “R” has made it clear he finds me attractive. On several occasions I’ve had people come up to me and tell me that R thinks I am cute. I didn’t think much of it because to me it was just gossip. He has been flirty with me but I figured that was sort of his personality and it didn’t mean much.
Lately though it has become uncomfortable. I’ve been told he has a crush on me and that he likes it when I go to the mail box (which is right outside his shop). Yesterday he came into the dress store to fix something for his mother and I definitely felt he was hitting on me. He ended up calling the store several times later that day just to talk to me which I felt was awkward. He pointed out a slinky black lace cocktail dress we had on display and told me he thought I should buy that one, that I would look really good in it. Basically it is to the point that I feel a little uncomfortable. I don’t think he would actually physically do anything to me but I most certainly feel I’ve been verbally harassed. I am an intelligent women and I don’t appreciate being reduced to eye candy at my place of work. I know the dynamics of my boss’s relationships with her son and I don’t think it would be of interest to me to tell her what happened. I think that would make my work environment even more awkward and possibly become my undoing. R is extremely close to his mother, his is a momma’s boy. So I feel my hands are tied. I have a few witty remarks prepared incase he tries something again. If this continues I will have to take it further but I don’t think I’ll have much to go on legally since I technically don’t work with him, he just works next door to me.
Any support, encouragement, or advice would be much appreciated. I did tell my husband and let’s just say he is pretty angry. I had to stop him from going over to the café and saying/doing God knows what.