Sebastian Parks Part II

I feel the need to follow up on my last post involving my desire to stand up for myself in the workplace.

 

When I returned to work, my manager informed me that HR was ready to talk to me, so she escorted me to the basement, where the office is.  She also claimed the need to be within earshot while I was on the, which I was almost certain is not what is supposed to happen.

A present I got at work. How funny.

On the phone with HR

HR:

Tell me what happened from your point of view.

Me:

My manager says that I am not allowed to wear nail polish anymore.  The only reason that was given was that it is not “brand appropriate” and since it’s only not appropriate for me to wear it, makes me feel as though she is being sexist, because the girls wear it.

HR:

Describe you nails.

Me:

They are painted a deep plumb color, manicured and a little longer than the average male’s nails.

HR:

Would you describe them as talons?

Me:

Ummm, no.  They are an acceptable length.  They are not acrylic, they are my nails.

HR:

Your manager tells me your nails are extremely long, they have been  different colors & are chipped.

Me:

Wow.  None of that is true, but even if it were the conversation should be, the next time you come in your nails should be more manicured.  Not, you can’t wear nail polish anymore.  Would you tell a girl that she can’t wear nail polish ever again because she came in one day without them manicured?

HR:

No.

Me:

Okay, then.  That is sexist.

HR:

Why is wearing nail polish suddenly so important to you?

Me:

It doesn’t matter why I want to wear the nail polish.  That’s like me asking you, “why are you suddenly wearing eyeliner?” It’s none of my business   The point is that there is no rule saying I can’t, and I won’t let this company force me to conform to an idea of how I am supposed to present myself.

HR:

You’re right.  As far as I know there is no set rule that says you cannot wear makeup.  I’m going to check with someone else, but for right now.  I can’t tell you to take it off.  It’s just surprising. This has never been an issue before.

Me:

I don’t think it’s never been an issue, I think this is the first time someone has ever fought it.

HR:

You think something like this has happened before at your star.

Me:

I know it has.

HR:

Tell me.

Me:

Can I tell you another time…..?

HR:

Is someone listening to you?

Me:

Yes.

HR:

Call me whenever and we will discuss.

 

Respect is all I ask for.  Don’t bully me.

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