What is Inappropriate Touching and Recourse
A female friend had a coffee chat with a male colleague from partner team. The coffee chat was positioned as the male colleague wanting to learn about where she volunteers and for her to learn about what the male colleague works on.
The male colleague sat closely and he touched her shoulder and knee/leg area a few times. The female friend thought maybe he is overly friendly - until the male colleague grabbed her hand to comment on her nails.
Apparently a nice guy at work, married. She was confused if this is some Cultural thing. Her company is a recently IPOed enterprise tech company. She doesnt know if there are proper HR channels, and wondering what an effective course of action is. Top mgmt is all about diversity and gender. Middle management not capable and proper protocols doesnt seem to exist. Advice?