TO: CEO, Chaos International
From: Female Employee
Subject: Hostile Work Environment
I have worked in the advertising department of Chaos International for twenty years, seven weeks, and three days. Never did I complain about anything, not even about the time the division vice-president grumbled about grounds in the coffee he always expected me to make. I even tried to ignore the Miss Chaos International calendar he posted in the office lounge.
It did strike me as strange, however, that when I applied for the newly created position now held by my immediate supervisor, I was told that Chaos International was interested in going outside of the company to find a "bright and fresh" new talent to fill the role.
After "bright and fresh" was hired, she called me into her office. She asked me to finish up the ad campaign she had started and needed to submit. I expressed my feelings about being "passed over." She said I should try to be a better member of the "team." I should start by joining her with the guys at the "happy hour" on Friday. She also reminded me that everyone was expected to attend the Chaos International Monster Truck Rally on Sunday.
She took me aside and said: "Look, there are things you have to do to get ahead in this company. I think you know what I mean. You've got to be a little more flexible. Maybe you could change your hair and lose a little weight."
On their break, the guys stood around and talked about my new immediate supervisor. I didn't hear everything they said, but they were laughing and joking. One of them said that she was "quite a looker" and was bound to impress the big shots. Then they mentioned there was no more coffee.
I made another pot of coffee and finished the ad campaign for the new line of wheel-less scooters. My immediate supervisor thanked me. The next week I heard she got a big bonus for her original "million dollar" ad campaign. One of the guys said to me: "How come you never come up with great ideas like that?"
I'm feeling really depressed, and I don't know what to do. I would like to make an appointment with you to discuss this matter.
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© 2003, Gordon L. Ziniewicz