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Clients and staff harrasment

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Leomca View Drop Down

Joined: 16/February/2018
Location: Australia
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    Posted: 19/February/2019 at 19:00
I work in an organisation that deals with clients and case workers. Every week at work , i am being asked by clients where do i live when it has nothing to do with the work i am doing. Most of these questions are from male clients, and they ask this question when i am alone in the office.   Staff also keep asking this question, they need to know where i live, where i park my car, what my nationality is , i have to keep repeating the same answer every few days in the office and it has been happening for the last 5 years. I have documented these instances. When i ask other staff members who i am friends with if they get this treatment, they say no and they find it weird that i am the only one in the office that is being consistently asked this question. I am asked this question either by the same person on a monthly basis, or by different male clients on a weekly basis. It seems like it is in a rotation of a client asking, then a caseworker asking.   

Would you consider this a form of harassment from other staff and clients ? When where i live and where i choose to park my car and what my nationality is has nothing to do with the job i am paid to do. ?

citizen-joe View Drop Down
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Joined: 09/October/2005
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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/February/2019 at 22:02
You are obviously a very pleasant and helpful person and these people have taken a shine to you. Yes where you live is no business of your clients or your co-workers but your employer needs to know. Obviously you have, in the past not given an answer that has dissuaded them from keeping asking.

You need to come up with a different answer that will stop them asking. eg I've just moved back in with my family. Please stop asking because my --husband--brother--son--father-- (which ever fits your situation, but stay consistent) can become very angry with people who pester us, so please stop asking.

It's not harassment, but you should report the matter to your HR department or manager, for your own safety.

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