Street harasser sent home from work

I work as a dog walker in NYC, and one afternoon I was walking one of my dogs and waiting at the corner of an intersection for a light to change. As I stood there, a truck for a very well-known delivery company drove by. The driver of the truck turned to ogle me (as he drove) and then made a disgusting, lewd kissing face / noise at me. I was horrified.

Fortunately, though he’d driven too fast for me to catch his license plate number, I recorded the exact time and location that the incident took place. That night, I e-mailed the company and notified them of the incident.

The company responded within 2 – 3 hours (not during normal business hours, either… I got an e-mail at 11 p.m.!). The person who wrote me was incredibly apologetic and informed me that he personally would find out who the driver was and attend to the situation himself. He gave me his direct number and asked if I could give a physical description of the driver, which I did.

A day later he e-mailed me again to let me know that the driver had been removed from the day’s schedule and sent home, and would have to attend meetings with an HR representative and the Director of Operations. It was great to feel like I could actually take action against street harassment and have my concerns taken seriously.

– Anonymous

Location: New York City, New York

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6 Responses to Street harasser sent home from work

  1. Clarice says:

    Thats great! im really pleased that you had that jerk punished for his actions. for once, someone listened and took street harassment seriously. good on you!

  2. Brittany-Ann says:

    This is so awesome. I hope that street harassers read this, and realize that their drive-by harassment doesn’t give them impunity. There ARE consequences.

  3. Amelia says:

    That’s fantastic! It’s so great to have a company (and a person) take sexual harassment seriously. It makes me feel more determined to report similar incidents myself.

  4. Margaret says:

    Awesome! I’m so glad you stood up for yourself and that you were taken seriously by the company.

  5. Yay. A happy ending. Good for you!

  6. trickygirl says:

    Nice one! I’m glad to hear that his employers took your complaint seriously and actually did something about it.

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