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Roxie102
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I work for an attorney currently. I was in his office the other day waiting to tell him something. He was talking on the phone with a client of his who had apparently been convicted of sexual crimes. During this phone conversation, he winked at me. I didn't think much of it, but when I mentioned this incident to someone else, they seemed to think it was a bit concerning. So, is this wink sexual harassment, given the circumstances? If so, what should I do?
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Robin Lee
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Hi Roxie102,

i'd honestly say that unless you felt uncomfortable at the time there really is nothing you need to do about this.

I certainly can't say (none of us can) what this attorney's intentions were in winking at the time he did, and I'd say your own reactions are a good indication of what you do or don't need to do about this.

So, I'd ask you, have you had cause to feel uncomfortable around this person before? Was he anything less than professional with you once he was finished his phone call?


i'm also really not sure that this would fall under the definition of sexual harassment unless, say, it had happened repeatedly.

here's some information you might find helpful:

Blinders Off:Getting a Good Look at Abuse and Assault

What I'm hearing here is that this situation was okay for you, but that you're concerned because someone else evaluated it differently. Does that sound about right?

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Robin

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