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I don’t know if this belongs in this bowl but dunno who else to ask - I’m about to upgrade my furniture for the first time ever and am going to buy a sectional, light gray or neutral. Love the mid century modern look + deep seat cushions. I don’t want to wait 6-9 weeks for a custom one like most of West Elm. Where should I buy?



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  1. 1.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Experienced Workplace Harassment

    Jun 8, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
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    *Casual working environment *Customers are kind (for the most part) * Flexibility of work schedule


    Shortly after joining the team at West Elm in Austin Texas, I experienced blatant verbal harassment by a coworker. I was asked questions, in front of others, such as (verbatim) “Do your parents know?” and making statements such as (verbatim) “it’s gay central here, you’ll love it!” These questions and remarks were made without any prior communication or discussion regarding my sexual orientation or preferences with any employee within West Elm. Therefore, the statements were unwelcomed and extremely invasive, especially when made in the presence of other employees and guests. The verbal harassment and discrimination that I faced was not only embarrassing but has affected the way in which I perceive myself not only in front of guests within the store location but in the way that I speak or interact with fellow employees entirely. For a company who claims to be inclusive and supportive of the LGBTQ community, proper training and vetting should be implemented to ensure that the workplace is free from verbal harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation. Additional Cons: *There is an informal hierarchy among associates and no one (not even management) dares to confront those who create and enforce it *Totally “Mean Girls” vibe in retail environment * Product is always out of stock or backordered so be prepared for angry customers

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