I am female. I was hired at exactly the same time another employee who is a man (and we started on the same day). I have significantly more experience than he does. We are the newest hires.
We are in the same general group but on different teams. Currently, we both sit in (seperate) bench-like areas. Everyone is moving to a new building so there's a new seating arrangement. I am in a bench area.
The rest of the group, which includes the team I am on and the other team (including the man I was hired with) all have dedicated cubicles. No one else from the group will be in the bench area with me.
Now... to be honest, I really don't care where I work from. However, it does bother me that he got his own cube and I am in the bench area but in no way do I want to take his cube or anyone else's. Although I feel that no one did this intentionally because I am female, I also believe that it would definitely be different if we were both males. It does kind of affect the way I feel that the company sees me. No one got to make any requests on the new seating arrangement.
Am I allowed to ask how the seating arrangement was made? (meaning, I also don't know how it was made)
I have very good work relationships with my direct supervisor and the man I was hired with.
How should I handle this?
I asked my direct supervisor. He asked someone else (unknown). Turns out, the guy technically started sooner... down to the timestamp. Then he kept trying to figure out how I could get a cube or would be in line next for a cube... I really don't care about the actual cube. I just wanted to know that there was some acceptable, rational reason behind all of it. He also said I was welcome to join him or kick him out of his cube on occasion if I wanted. I also gave the guy I was hired with a heads up that I had this conversation and made note that in no way do I want or was trying to take his cube (just in case if something comes of this later). So... all is well.