In February of 2018 our department decided to use an empty suite of offices one floor up. Our intake workers, including me, had offices now instead of cubicles for the first time in a long time, with the suite accessible only by key card.
Quiet and secluded is a positive when asking clients sensitive questions. Quiet and secluded also gives opportunism a chance to manifest. My mid-manager (MM) was a smooth talking community pillar who had been hired by our county to network support for the upcoming millage election to build a new jail, while on the surface supervising the clinical section of our department. He decided to start paying me daily visits to talk about his varying sexual escapades when he was in high school, how teenagers even today had crushes on him, and how he blackmailed the captain of the football team into buying him a car because of dirt he had on him. This was three months before my retirement from the county. I didn’t make waves, as I’d made waves against a previous MM with the county and nothing came of it. I kept telling myself to put up with it, only a few months to go.
One day in a weekly intake meeting, held up in our area, including the deputy administrator (DA) of our circuit court being present, the MM asked me about stats I had given him earlier in the day, which I reminded him of. He seemed to take offense. I stayed quiet through the rest of the meeting. Ten minutes after it ended, I got a call from the DA, asking me to come down to her office. The MM was there also. The DA asked me if I was upset with her. I said no, why? She said that she had noticed the way I was acting in the meeting and the MM had told her I was mad at her. I said, no, but I was upset by how the MM visited my office everyday and talked about his sexual exploits. She immediately asked him to leave the room and went to the adminstrator’s room to bring her in also. I told them what I remembered. They asked me to write it all down. They referred it to EEO investigation. He was gone within six weeks.
Winter turns to Spring
Vermin swept out with stale dust –
Flower blooms in May
Lillian is today’s host of dVerse. Lillian says:
Write a TRADITIONAL HAIKU about One Shining Moment in your life.