So I work for a high-end men’s clothing company and last night we had a launch party for our new spring collection. We had invited over 900 people and the store was buzzing full of staff and clientele. I invited one of my housemates (male) to keep me company and also this event was his sort of thing. Me and him were chatting away when my boss (64 y/o Indian male) came over and noticed my tattoos and shouted ‘I didn’t know you had tattoos, you naughty girl!’ and slapped my bum. The people immediately surrounding us all looked at me slightly mortified but then carried on as normal, but not everyone saw because it was quite a packed out room. I know it’s not a huge deal but it was just so embarrassing and I ended up leaving early because I felt very uncomfortable (I am 21 y/o). My housemate kept reassuring me it wasn’t normal and very out of order, especially in a swanky fashion launch party. We’ve debated whether it’s because of his age or his ethnicity and the culture he comes from, but it still isn’t acceptable. (I’m in Britain, btw) I also feel like I can’t tell anyone else because his two sons are also my managers and I do love my job... I don’t really know if this post is to seek advice or to just get it off my chest but thanks either way!
EDIT: should of made it clear that this guy is the owner of the company and there is no HR I can turn to because we are a small independent business with only two stores. It’s a tricky situation but thanks for all the support!
EDIT 2: This really blew up and I am so grateful to everyone who has given their time to comment! Sorry I can’t reply to all but 98% of you have been so supportive and really helped me in which direction to take!❤️
EDIT 3: had a couple of comments suggesting it’s bullshit because of the 900+ figure. First off, I said 900 people were invited, not 900 people were there: that detail was more just to give a scale of things. Also others saying it’s not possible for a small business to have 900+ customers is ridiculous. Think of scale and proportion compared to corporations. I am in a large university city so it is more than plausible and people like yourselves as the reasons women stay quiet in the first place.