My coworker called me uncultured because my parents didn’t take me abroad

DEAR DEIDRE: I WAS told by my colleague I am uncultured, small-minded and trashy because I haven’t travelled widely. I couldn’t believe what she was saying.

I explained to her that I haven’t travelled because my parents didn’t have the money to take me anywhere when I was younger – and that I’ve not yet had the opportunity to do so, though I’m now 22.

I grew up on the North East coast, so we always had beaches and the countryside on our doorstep.

Apparently I’m uncultured and small-minded because my family didn’t holiday abroad

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She is from a big city in the South and clearly thinks she is more sophisticated than me.

When I spoke to my manager about it, he said it was “just her way”. I hate confrontation, so I left it.

But the fact she is getting away with treating me like this is disgusting. She’s 38.

DEIDRE SAYS: Your manager is wrong. This type of behaviour is not acceptable and you do not have to tolerate it.

Talk again to your manager, who ought to take this more seriously, or turn to your human resources department.

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