Husband slammed for failing to shut down ‘flirty’ wife at work

A husband has come under fire after his wife discovered he remains friends with a woman from work – despite her flirtatious behavior previously crossing the line.

Casual flirting can happen in the workplace. A Washington State University (WSU) study suggests that reducing employee stress may actually be beneficial.

A woman looking at a man flirtatious.
Stock image of a man looking at a woman – A husband was beaten for failing to warn a woman at work who had been flirting with him.

The research, led by WSU assistant professor Leah Sheppard, focused on what has been described as “positively experienced social sexual behaviors in the workplace,” such as lighthearted flirting or joking, rather than unwanted sexual harassment.

Through a series of surveys of hundreds of workers from the US, Canada and the Philippines, the researchers found that most employees are positive about flirting in the workplace.

Sheppard explained, “What we found is that there are some benefits to flirting that are fun: It makes people feel more comfortable, which can then protect them from stressors in their lives.”

But there are cases when a flirtation can turn into something more serious. A married woman became aware of such a case almost a year ago.

In a post shared to Mumsnet under the alias ettiespaghetti, she explained that her husband came home one night to reveal that a woman at work had “become more and more flirtatious over time.”

Her husband said it “started as a work joke but escalated to her declaring how much she fancied him.” In fact, he said she even “proposed sex” to him.

Although he told her he was “guilty” and “excited” about the incident, his wife recently noticed several “texts back and forth” between them on his phone. Her suspicions were further piqued when she then realized the messages had been deleted.

When she confronted him about the deleted texts, he insisted he would get rid of her because he didn’t want her to “worry,” but later that same week he was at a work event that the other woman was also attending . Not sure what to do, she turned to Mumsnet for advice – and got plenty of it.

Many suspected that her husband might already be cheating and urged her to take action. “Kick him out and swap the locks,” planetme wrote, agreeing with Hop27, commenting, “He told you so he can blame her if he gets caught.” Kick him out now.”

AgathaX took a more moderate view, implying that her husband was at least wrong when he continued to speak to the woman after what happened. “He has set no boundaries and continues to encourage their behavior,” she said. “He should have left her in no doubt that her advances were inappropriate and unwelcome, but he didn’t.”

Supdercali77 said the woman should have taken more action when her husband first told her what had happened. “Why didn’t you make it a condition of being with you that he doesn’t keep texting her privately or hanging out by himself?” she asked. “It’s totally normal to ask if she’s making sexual advances.”

DebtheSander, meanwhile, felt that whatever the truth was, he had gone too far. “At least he’s enjoying the attention he’s getting from this woman and actively encouraging it by socializing outside of work,” she said. “But most likely he’s already done things.”

Elsewhere, HopeOneDay expressed suspicions that the husband might not be telling his wife the full story. “Sounds unlikely it’s just her,” they warned. “It rarely happens. He’s most likely fully cooperative and enjoying the flirtation.”

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Rick Schindler

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