I've been working at a locally owned store for about a month. I graduated this past November with a business communications degree. I eventually want to be a retail manager. I don't have much retail experience, so I got a job as a sales associate. The owner, my boss, and his two brothers own the store. The two brothers don't know much at all about the business. They stop in occasionally to see how things are going and to talk with the owner - they own a construction business as well. The owner handles most of the paperwork, and he has hired a manager who will eventually take over most of the business operations. One of the brothers, "Larry," was in the store last week. He and the manager were having a friendly conversation. I wasn't really involved, but happened to be standing there at the time. Larry started asking me why I wasn't laughing at his jokes or paying attention to what he was saying. I replied that I was trying to keep busy and started doing some cleaning. I don't know why he was asking me this, because I only talked to him once and hardly know him. They were discussing something that I wasn't interested in. Later, he tossed a candy wrapper at me and told me to throw it away - I tossed it back, and said "you throw it away." He then replied that I needed to be slapped.
I didn't know what to say. He left and I commented to the manager that I did not like this guy. She kinda played it off, and said ignore him, he's like that, he's not here that often. She has said that he treats his wife that way, but that doesn't mean I am going to tolerate being treated that way. I'm planning on talking to the owner about it when I come in tomorrow. I don't know what to say because Larry is his brother. Maybe I'm taking this too seriously, but I don't want to be around this person. I feel like I should say that if it happens again, I'll file a lawsuit. But I'm afraid that it will affect my employment. I have mentioned to the manager before that I'm still going to be open to other job opportunities, which was a mistake because she told the owner who is concerned that I may duck out on them soon. I think he may talk to me about this next week, which would be a good time to bring up the other situation. I don't want to leave and would give notice if I did, but this job doesn't pay very well and I'm not getting the hours that I'd like. Maybe it would be better to leave instead of get into a dispute over this, but I don't want job bouncing on my resume. Any ideas on what I should do? I haven't had much work experience so I've never been in a problematic situation like this before.