Manager: What seems to be the problem?
Miss Lewis: Your secretary seems to think she is being harassed.
Manager: What? You've got to be kidding me!
Miss Lewis: I wish I were, but i am deadly serious. She said you invited her to dinner last week.
Manager: Of course I did. As recongnition for a job well done. Once a month I invite the most productive employee to dinner.
Miss Lewis: Well, there is no problem there. But she seemed to think that you were angry when she refused, and that your motives are personal and not professional.
Manager: I think she's misinterpreted my intentions. What happens now?
Miss Lewis: Our harassment policy requires that we have a meeting with the HR manager and Miss Brown. It's quite serious. You could be reprimanded, or even fired if we find evidence that you were pressuring her to go to dinner with you. We have to protect our employees.
Manager: I understand that. But I hope that we can get to the bottom fo this and show Miss Brown that she misunderstood my reaction.
Miss Lewis: That's the purpose of the meeting. Sometimes a mediated conversation will straighten things out, and a little discussion and apology can calm the waters.