Multiple victims; friendly, sexually-charged work environment.
Seven women in my department at work have lodged complaints to HR against a male coworker for sexual harassment. He is black; we are all white. HR interviewed each of us. We got the feeling the interviewer (also male) did not take our claims seriously. The offender was suspended for 2 weeks but then allowed to come back to work with us. We were promised if there was another incident, he would be terminated. There was another incident, he was reported, he was not terminated. He's still working in the same department. The excuse we are given is that ''our behavior'' in the department is so sexually oriented (we joke around alot w/ each other) that we can't expect them to discipline the true offender. We work in a busy ER & it's our way of relieving stress. The offender isn't actually an employee of the ER but a psychiatric evaluator that comes when we need him...which is all the time. HR is afraid he'll pull the ''race card'' if they push the issue. We are very uncomfortable working with him.