I have recently joined an IT firm as a programmer, after a career in painting didn't look so promising. The office that I work in, is like any other force, like one of those open plan offices; desks of workers are situated in a single hall and are next to each other.
A young woman whom I am seated on the right to, is snapping pictures of me and I have caught this devilish activity of her very recently. At first, I thought that she was just making jokes with her colleagues as she would giggle and stare at me, along with one of her friends as they would come by often. Then she started taking out her phone and pointing the camera towards me.
She started doing this very very often, and one day, a light hit my face with a "flash" sound, as if she had taken a picture with Flash on by accident of me. As she did it, I looked at her and she just looked the other way clearly looking very guilty. It is clear that she had been taking pictures of me secretly.
Now, I can no longer work comfortably. She didn't take out her phone for a couple of days but now she's doing it again. I have to get up and take strolls around the office because I am feeling very uncomfortable as she's taking pictures. I cannot sit at the same desk again, and I have no friend at the office as I don't talk much to anybody. However, I kindly asked some person to change desks and he replied "Desks are permanent."
I don't speak very much to the manager either, but if this keeps going on, I will have to quit the firm and I don't want to because of one co-worker's behaviour. However, I have the manager's email and most of us contact him by mail. I want to write something to him, in order that he could do something for her to stop doing this. But he can't just tell her to stop using her phone, to which she could reply "I can do whatever I want!" But then still, her constant stares make me uncomfortable as well, and I don't think he'll change desks...
What should I do?