"My married boss sexually harassed me”

"My married boss sexually harassed me”

Karen* thought that she had found the perfect job - until it became a living hell when her boss started assailing her with lewd come-ons and "accidental" caresses.

As told to Azlinda Said

"I met Mr Lim* eight years ago, when I became his personal assistant. He was married with children. I thought he was a great boss, patiently teaching me what I needed to know and making sure I didn't miss my meals.

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He seemed to care a lot about me and never raised his voice. I thought I was the luckiest employee in the world - until he started making sexual advances towards me.

Inappropriate behaviour

The problems began one year after I started work. Mr Lim took me out to lunch one day, saying it was a reward for my good work. During the meal, he kept telling me how good I looked and smelled that day. I was flattered, so I thanked him.

After lunch, he asked me to accompany him to the nearest shopping mall - he said he needed to buy a birthday gift for his wife and would appreciate my advice.

We ended up in a lingerie store, where he held up bras and nightgowns against me. He said I was about the same size as his wife, so he was using me as a guide.

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