I work in an office with 25 employees. About half of us are women. When we have staff meetings our manager would come in and shake hands with the men but hug all the women. His behavior made many of us uncomfortable but we weren’t sure how to change the situation.
I contacted the 9to5 Job Survival Helpline and was given a lot of helpful information about legal protections from sexual harassment and how to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). I was also given information on organizing with my co-workers; how to talk to our manager as a group, to let him know how his behavior made us feel, and that we wanted him to stop treating the women and men differently.
It took some time to get my co-workers all on board. However, we ended up sitting down with our manager at the next staff meeting and talking to him about the problem. The behavior stopped immediately. We all felt better about being able to speak up. It was much more powerful with all of us coming together to make a change.