Can a male employee be written up/fired for sniffing a female co-worker’s sweater while she’s away from her desk?

Serious answers please, because I am not a troll.

A female co-worker told me that she noticed a male co-worker pressing another female co-worker’s sweater against his face, as he was sniffing it.  But I have a feeling she’s exaggerating about her dismay for him (regarding what a jerk he is, or how creepy he is).  Regardless of his personality/sexual behavior, I don’t think he would be dumb enough to go to a female’s cubicle and sniff her sweater all out in the open like that.

FYI, I hear a lot of stories about people at my job, but I think they are false, as the person telling them, just has hatred for those people.  Thus, exaggerating how bad those people are.

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  • 2 months ago

    He shouldn't touch her stuff , never-mind smell her things CREEPin the whole workforce out as long as he and his friends work there...   as long as he don't ask her stapler to marry him later on...

  • 2 months ago

    Hello! I'm an HR professional.

    The answer is yes. Very much yes.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    That's weird but at least he didn't break into her house and start sniffing her panties too.

    Source(s): Sounds like a big high school...or the military.
  • 2 months ago

    I wouldn't act on hearsay without facts if I were the employer although the employer generally has the right to fire at will.

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  • fcas80
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    In the US, unless you have a specific work contract, you are an employee at will and can be fired (or can quit) for no reason at all.

    Most employers however will not fire you without a reason.  If this accusation is accurate, it sounds like a pretty good reason.

  • ?
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Only the owner of the sweater can file that complaint.

    The co worker who said it ...as you said...may have something against those people or she is a DRAMA QUEEN and cannot survive without creating some type of conflict that she can then get in the middle of.

  • 2 months ago

    Seems weird, I would say a caution should be given for the first incident. Anything after that is a problem.

  • Katy M
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It's weird, but I can't see how it harmed anyone.

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