“It was unwanted attention and inappropriate, especially coming from a representative of a DC government contractor.”

posted in: Capitol Hill | 3

Location: Capitol Hill
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I was walking down the sidewalk on North Carolina Ave SE towards the capitol. When I got to the corner of North Carolina and 6th st SE, a DC Water company truck was parked and two men were standing by it – who clearly worked with the company and were driving the truck – doing something. When I walked passed, one called out to me something like “Hey baby” or “Hey beautiful.” It was unwanted attention and inappropriate, especially coming from a representative of a DC government contractor. I responded and said: “Hey, that’s not appropriate.” It was all I could think of to say, but I was proud that I at least said something. The date was October 12.

Submitted on 10/22/12 by “L Jones”

A DC Water truck.

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3 Responses

  1. Kat

    That’s a great response! It’s true and conveys that the harasser is wrong without having to really “get in to it.”

  2. renee

    Just an update: I tweeted this post at DC Water, and they responded, “We take such allegations very seriously and will investigate.”

    If it’s within one’s comfort level, recording license plate numbers for company vehicles and calling employers can also be helpful.

  3. renee

    Further update: DC Water has asked if the reader who submitted this post happened to record the plate or truck number. If the reader sees this query, please feel free to comment here or reach out to me (renee@collectiveactiondc.org) with more info. We will keep you anonymous.

    Convo here: https://twitter.com/dcwater/status/266312713280581632

    Thanks, all — great to see DC Water working to solve this!