I am writing this complaint about Josh, one of the employees at this Safeway Canada location (Kensington Square). He is a PREDATOR and all women need to be aware of his recent admitted conduct.
This has been my go-to Safeway for years and I've had no issue with this store or the staff here previously. However, that all changed on October 13th, 2017. I was in the middle of grocery shopping when I approached by the employee, Josh, who decided it would be a good idea to tell me what he called "inappropriate dad jokes." I was clearly in a rush to get my shopping done, but that did not matter. Josh stopped me from going down the aisle I was in and proceeded to tell the "jokes" anyway.
What followed was abhorrent. All of the jokes referenced sex and sexual acts, as well as male/female genitalia, which was not only inappropriate and unprofessional on the part of the employee, but was, in my opinion, sexual harassment, as this kind of interaction was NOT one I asked for. I brought the matter to Safeway's attention immediately, and within a few days received an e-mail back from the store manager, Rick Macleod, stating that the Human Resource department had completed an investigation into the matter. They advised me that Josh ADMITTED to his inappropriate conduct and that "corrective action" had been taken against him.
As I had a few other questions relating to the incident, I contacted Safeway's customer service line asking whether this employee (Josh) was still with the company and what the "corrective action" was that had been taken against him. I received a phone call later that evening from Ray Mattinson, the store's District Operator. Unfortunately I missed his call, but he left me a voice mail stating that he would be able to answer all of my questions and put my concerns to rest. However, when I spoke to Mr.
Mattinson the following day, he did no such thing. Instead, he told me he couldn't tell me anything. As I've since come to learn on my own, Josh is still employed at this Safeway location and it appears that no "corrective action" was taken against him. As a result of Josh's admitted misconduct/sexual harassment, Safeway Canada offered me a $250 gift card.
I accepted this gift card - however, I feel as though there is much more they can and SHOULD be doing as a result of what happened, which is why I have filed a complaint against Safeway Canada and Josh for sexual harassment with the BC Human Rights Tribunal. In addition, I also intend on filing a Civil suit against Josh, and am also considering involving the RCMP to seek a Restraining Order/Peace Bond against him in effort to avoid further unwanted contact with him. Josh has been known to be extra talkative and "chummy" with customers, which is something Safeway Canada needs to pay close attention to.
It's fine to be friendly - but to reference sex and make "jokes" about sex or reproductive body parts is beyond inappropriate. Unfortunately for Josh and Safeway Canada, those jokes were told to the wrong person - me - and I intend on ensuring both he and Safeway Canada are held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, and I will not rest until justice is served.
Reason of review: Sexual.
Preferred solution: Civil Lawsuit and Human Rights Tribunal Claim.
I didn't like: Inappropriate behaviour, Sexual harassment, Rude and ignorant behavior, Failure to rectify.