the slap that got me a raise

by Veronica
(Reston, VA)

I was a "secretary" back in the day. I'm in my 60's now but I remember a particular incident with my boss from many years ago quite vividly. I will say in advance: Do Not Use This Method. lol! I was about 25 at the time and he was in his mid-40s. I was in his office and he seemed to be in a very bad mood that day and the conversation quickly escalated and he blurted out, "Oh just do your job Veronica and stop being such a little bitch!". It was like an instinctual, automatic reflex on my part and before I knew it, I had slapped him across the face (hard!). Of course, right at that moment, I was just as shocked as he was, and thought oh my god, he's going to fire me. But instead, he came to his senses, and said something like, "oh my goodness, my sincerest apologies, you're a lovely young woman." When I walked by his office a little while later he was still rubbing cheek. LOL! I blame/credit my Mom for that one. She instructed me to never tolerate the "b-word" from any man at any time. Btw, I actually got a nice raise a few months later 🙂

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Today's Office Environment
by: Dan

Veronica,

Thank you for your note. In today's world, the boss in that situation would likely have sexual harassment charges brought up against him for creating a hostile work environment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

That being said, I agree with your reaction. No one, whether serious or joking should do what your boss did in the workplace or anywhere else.

Thank you for your note!

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