Harassed by Metro Employees

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Location: Metro Center (from the red line platform in the direction of Shady Grove and continuing to the lower platform in the direction of Vienna)
Time:  Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

On Wednesday, August 10th at right around 3 PM, I was transferring from the red to orange line at Metro Center when I heard someone behind me on the red-line platform comment “you got a bootie on you, don’t you!” and then when I didn’t respond he got closer and louder to repeat himself. I turned and saw two men in what looked like may have been metro maintenance worker uniforms. I said to the one who made the comment “are you kidding me, you work for metro? are you trying to get yourself fired?” He and his buddy laughed at me and started commenting that “they don’t work for nobody” and they can say whatever they want to me. I continued yelling at them, and quit listening to what they were saying at that point — I was too angry because they were so proud and laughing and joking together about making me uncomfortable. I hung back a second while they went down the escalator to the lower platform so that I could take out my phone to take pictures of my harasser. When he saw me taking his picture, he laughed and said something like “oh you want my picture” and turned and posed for me. I told him I was reporting him and he laughed me off. The train came and we got on separate cars. I got off at McPherson, and thankfully he stayed on. The pictures aren’t great, but I’ll share them if they are in any way helpful.

Submitted 8/11/16 by “JG”

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