A reader writes:
My coworker and close friend was fired this week for sexual harassment. He thought a female coworker of ours was “into him” and he dropped a lot of sexual innuendo into the conversation with her. It was obviously unwanted and made everyone, including me, uncomfortable, and I tried to warn him privately multiple times he should cut those comments off because I thought he was misinterpreting how she felt about him and he was getting a reputation for being the creepy guy in the office.
Well, this week one night after work (I wasn’t present for this) he followed her to her car and tried to give her a “goodbye hug.” She declined, he wouldn’t drop it, she had to threaten to call the cops to get him to leave.
Needless to say, she complained to HR and my friend was fired. I went out for a drink with him after work that day and his version of events was pretty much the same as what was being whispered around the office (obviously he thought it was “going better” but he pretty much corroborated her story to me).
So I figured it was a case of “play stupid games, win stupid