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I worked at a car dealership. A well known privatly owned one in our city. The majority of employees were men. Of 40 staff only 9 of us were female.
From the day I started things were wrong. I found porn on my predecessors P.C. Then started the low key misogynistic behaviour and escalated into harrassment. I was often greeted as a whore or a bitch.
Comments of a sexual nature were constantly made in my presence. Like " this boer has well hung wors".
The worst one was done in the presence of another colleague "I want bend you over this desk and rape you" my way with dealing with this was to either ignore or make a sarcastic comment. It felt like the only way to protect myself.
Things got worse when a new manager started and we didn't get on.
He went the owner and accused of talking to much and watching movies. This wasn't the first time.
Other Male members got away with coming to work drunk. And nobody said anything. When I was accused . I finally snapped and told my boss about the daily harassment. I also told him that the black staff are regularly on the receiving end of racial slurs. We agreed that he would put out a policy about this behavior and how warnings/ dismissal would be a reality. By then I was miserable, isolated and depressed by my situation. Nothing happened and I started have suicidal thoughts. The looting occurred and two weeks after that without warning I was retrenched. When I confronted my now former employer about why he never did anything about my allegations. I was told that he didn't do anything about because I had refused to put in writing the perpetrators names. I had explained at the time I didn't want to become more of a target. He literally screamed and laughed like a hyena and told me to get out of his office. It's been 2 years and I am still without work. That place was one of my worst work decisions ever.