Group Therapy Work Etiquette
I just transferred with my company from Las Vegas to Chicago (big change) with a promotion. I'm 21 years old and accepted an Assistant Manager position. I manage a group of people who are all significantly older than me. It's hard for me to get respect. There is one person in particular who thinks he is literally God's gift. Not only does he continue on with religious tirades, he also outwardly makes fun of my post baby weight, age, and height, and occasionally my nationality. These are very sensitive things to me, but it doesn't seem to bother anyone else.
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Some people tell me to ignore it and that he doesn't mean anything by it.
I'm embarrassed and it reminds me of how my parent's friends use to pick on
me and no one stood up for me. It's frustrating, because I think people will only see my age when I speak up instead of an adult with feelings. I want to remain professional as well as save face. I haven't cried yet, but I want to. It's lonely being in a new place and I don't want to break down in front of my co-workers. Can you give me advice on how I should deal with this situation without making a scene, involving HR, all the while saving face?
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