A Bulawayo TM Supermarket manager and his assistant in North End suburb are at the centre of a sexual harassment storm following sensational accusations from female employees, mostly merchandisers that they were being subjected to inappropriate behaviour by the two supervisors.
B-Metro gathered that the two male supervisors (names supplied) were allegedly forcing female workers, who are on their menstrual periods to show them the extra pads they will be carrying in their handbags and the ones they will be wearing before entering the shop.
One of the victims recounted the most shocking details of victimisation, claiming the two supervisors were allegedly instructing them to show the pads in their bags and the ones they would be wearing under the guise of checking if the pads were not stolen from the shop.
“We are being ill-treated as female workers by the manager and his assistant. When on period, all females are required to show the manager and the assistant the extra pads they will be carrying in their handbags and the ones they will be wearing before entering the shop.
“While checking them they will be instructing us to lift the skirt or lower down our pair of trousers and touch them while claiming that they will be checking if the pads were not stolen from the shop.
“All females are subjected to this inhuman behaviour. Surprisingly there is a female admin and female security guard, but these two (managers) want to do it themselves. They will be sternly ordering us not to tell our husbands or boyfriends,” said a victim who refused to be named citing victimisation.
The victim said the supervisors were also making inappropriate advances at them.
“The assistant manager is also verbally abusive to us and is always proposing love to us and if you turn down his advances, he will threaten you with unspecified action,” she said.