Harassment and Targeting
An overview of my tenure.
For four years, I worked in a toxic environment. Sure, I understand how that sounds. We all have, and that's not okay! In my first role with the company, I was taken on for a seasonal role, assigned to work 42 hours a week. I was appreciated, dependable and an office favorite. I was promoted within three months to position in operations, assisting my at-the-time manager. Soon, I fell into doing all of his work, and seven other's too. I never complained, I powered through. I was made responsible for a department and paid $12/hr while balancing a husband achieving his Masters degree, being a single provider.
Growing up having raised myself, I didn't realize or understand much of boundaries. Until April, I didn't realize that my gender and sex were the target of personal humiliation. My supervisor left me to an "HR-Free" workplace, as he said. I was harassed if my lipstick was the wrong, or right, color, how I shined my shoes, how "those don't do much for you, do they?", in reference to my trousers-- and so much more. I truly had no idea. He wasn't supposed to sit on the same chair as me. He wasn't supposed to stare at me, or watch me from the cameras, this I just found out, now that I've moved to a new career.
In short, it was horrendous. I want to detail it all one day, but not yet.
I kept my chin up. I did well. I kept on while I was waiting for my new position to start while my HR case was coming to a close.
He knew it was me. He had other employees send me emails, targeting me for mistakes I had not made, while he dictated exactly how to write them, watched until they were sent.
I discovered that my report was one of six.
All I truly wanted was an apology. I wanted to help him understand what is not okay, and so that his daughter will grow strong.
In my tenure, my operations role was eliminated, and was given to a man. I had to train him to do the work I had been doing for three years. Then, it happened again. Another male, toxic, employee took my role once more.
I was denied a promotion after promotion due to mental illness, I can quote it verbatim. I don't want to. I was pregnant, but did not yet know when that had occurred.
When I lost her, I was denied a leave of absence.
I just recently started this new position within the company. I jumped from one of the lowest positions to a corporate team which reports to the CEO.
I'm so happy to be away from that environment. I'm drawn to writing a short story of it.
Maybe somewhere where it could be more neat.
Near and dear to my heart because I know that I am not alone in such extensive circumstance, and I hope to open a further conversation on the matter.
To clarify, I have PTSD, I have panic attacks which I have maintained with therapy and medication for ten years.