An IT worker sued for sexual harassment after her “rich and powerful” male boss marked parts of an email where he wanted more information with “xx”, which she thought were kisses.
Karina Gasparova, a project manager, also claimed Aleksander Goulandris’s use of question marks in the same message were code for asking her when she would be “ready to engage in sexual acts”.
In a number of other innocent work-related incidents where she would find a “sinister motive”, Ms Gasparova thought his renaming a file with his initials AJG was an acronym for A Jumbo Genital.
Ms Gasparova took her employer, the paperless documents firm essDOCS, to the tribunal claiming sexual harassment.
That’s some powerful fantasy there. Or gross stupidity.
If this were actually in Russia (at least the one of old) then I could imagine the boss hitting on the young woman, no problem. In fact, among many companies I knew back then young ladies were employed for just such hitting upon. Although, to be fair to the sexist bastards, the job description was explained before hiring – it wasn’t a surprise sprung upon them in the, ahem, training period.