“Stop the Silence”: Sexually harassed at work

Location: FAA offices, 12th & Maryland, SW
Time: Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I’m really surprised to see so much buzz about Liz Gorman’s experience. In my experience, when a woman gets groped, nobody cares. Perhaps the difference is that it happened in public, rather than at the office. You see, when it happens at the office, you can’t talk about it because it ruins your credibility. Even if you have a Ph.D. Especially if that Ph.D. happens to be in engineering. Because that means all your coworkers are men. And if you mention something to them, you’re ignored, then ‘laid off’ at their earliest convenience. I know of this happening to three women. One of them is me. The day after a coworker masturbated in front of me, I was fired. I talked to a few lawyers about it, but nobody wanted to take my case. I was a subcontractor and I could be let go without cause. So I produced a web series about what it was like working there. You can see clips at http://BudgetJustified.com. I hope you will forward the story and stop the silence on how women are treated in STEM fields.

Submitted on 7/14/12 by “Lisa Schaefer, Ph.D.”

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