“Don't you think you're overreacting?”
Biting back the sarcasm that begged to be let free, I thought out my response carefully, knowing my job could be riding on what was said in this meeting.
“Sir, what would you do if someone grabbed your wife's behind in view of the entire office?”
He swelled with anger at the thought. “I'd probably punch the man. But I understand you are single, is that correct?”
“I don't see why that should matter, sir.”
“Why is that?”
“Why is it understandable for a man to punch someone for fondling their wife, but a woman yelling 'Don't touch me' is overreacting? I dislike men grabbing at me just as much as you dislike men grabbing at your wife.”
His brows furrowed as he frowned and looked at the report in front of him.
Finally, he looked back at me and nodded.
“I think this company needs to take a tougher stance on sexual harassment.”
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