I was at work today, I work in a small doctor’s
office. One of the doctors I work for came
up behind me today and stuck his hands down my
pants when it was just him and I there. I
contacted my office manager and informed her
of what happened, yet I feel that nothing is
going to be done. I can't work for this
doctor anymore, I can't even look him in the
eyes. I am struggling financially so I
can't really afford to quit my job, I don't know
what to do.
Sadly, I have received a few emails from women
in your exact situation -- working either as
a nurse or a receptionist in a doctor's office
and being blatantly harassed, but desperately
needing the money. I don't blame it on the entire
profession, but it is interesting that there
is a pattern and I suspect it has something to
do with us giving doctors so much leverage -
we think their profession and practice is so
important and necessary and that translates into
them thinking they are important and necessary
and thus able to do what they will.
I think that you have taken the right steps and
I would certainly keep on it -- inquire every
few days -- what progress have you made on my
report, what is being done, etc. Keeping tabs
that they aren't going to overlook your complaint.
And perhaps coming up with your own suggested
course of action -- for instance, doctor's aren't
allowed alone with others or in certain areas?
Also, I would make sure to keep your own record
of the situation -- exact times, etc... and should
it happen again, you have this trail to refer
to. Sadly, often in these situations because
so much of it because us v. them you stop trusting
your own truths.