How can I tell off a boss who constantly flirts?

Friday March 13 2020

 

By Moses Ssesanga

I have this boss who enjoys flirting with women at office. At first I thought the women were the ones encouraging it until he started trying to flirt with me. My beliefs condemn such behaviour and I am personally against it. I have tried to tell him how I feel about it, but he just ignores me. What is the effective way to get him off my back without offending him?
Jexica

Dear Jexica
From your narrative, you are a victim of sexual harassment from your boss. The unsolicited and unwanted behaviour of your boss points to sexual harassment at the workplace and this is an offence punishable by law. The unfortunate bit is that the boss has made it a habit to sexually harass you and your colleagues at the office. The buck should stop with you.

Sexual harassment refers to unwanted and unwelcome persistent comments or behaviour, with sexual overtones. It encompasses unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct, that is, any conduct that violates, or is intimidatory or physically abusive of an employee because of his or her gender.

In your case, since you have already expressed displeasure to the boss about this behaviour and he has continued to ignore your concerns, I would advise that you escalate the matter.

The Employment Act, 2006 and the Employment (Sexual Harassment) Regulations, 2012 clearly spell out your legal rights as a victim of sexual harassment at the workplace. You have a right to complain to the employer or the HR manager and expect appropriate actions to address the matter you have raised.

The employer is expected to give an opportunity to the alleged harasser to respond to the complaint and facilitate a discussion between both parties to achieve a resolution which is acceptable to the complainant, or refer to a designated mediator within the company to resolve the matter.

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Moses Ssesanga
Head Human Resource
NMG - Uganda
mssesanga@ug.nationmedia.com

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