Our expert says:
IS there an HR department ? If so, discuss these facts with them, and consider the option of making a formal complaint, and at least putting it on record. As he was apparently very drunk at the time, he may not really remember what happened. But a complaint is the only way to make sure that this sort of thing doesn't happen again, to you or to anyone else in the company. I like FIO's suggestion of asking for a written apology and a guarantee of protection from harassment in the job again. Consulting a lawyer is also a good idea, as is consulting the CCMA.
Ask the immoral person in HR to put her decision, her comments, and the announcement of promotion, in writing. Insist that you receive a response in writing to your complaint, not merely something verbal which she can deny later on.
.......'s comments are experienced and sensible. And her (2) points about bypassing him if practical, is sensible.
Shooter's suggestion of getting a sworn statement in writing and witnessed is also sound
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