I’ve put together a selection of abuses and harassment that I suffered to highlight the issues that were present while I was a firefighter with the Halifax Fire and Emergency Services (HRFES) and that continue to this day.
It is not the full story.
This story goes beyond me and a single narrative; it includes a much bigger picture of the harassment and abuses that women face every day in male-dominated workplaces and how the intuitions fail women at every step of the way.
We live in a society in which sexual harassment and violence against women is ignored, normalized, and dismissed as irrelevant. This happens every day against women of all backgrounds, yet it is ignored by so many employers.
Here is my story.
NOW WOMEN FIREFIGHTERS ADD THEIR VOICES OF COMPLAINT ABOUT MALE COLLEAGUE SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND WORSE – from Sunday July 24, 2016
Posted on July 24, 2016
Two women firefighters, Liane Tessier of Halifax and Jamie Wilson of Toronto will join Atoya Montague, RCMP civilian employee who shared with us recently details of her court case against male colleagues and told us the RCMP is attempting to fire her. This is the first time the three women have appeared together on broadcast media to speak to what they will tell us they endured on the Roy Green show.
Within the last month or so, I did two interviews concerning harassment and gender discrimination within the fire service. On May 6, 2016, at 2pm, I spoke with talk show host Sheldon MacLeod on news 95.7 FM Halifax.
The second interview was on May 31, 2016 with activist, feminist Julie Lalonde on her show ” The Third Wave” . My interview with Julie starts at the 24 min mark
Women have limited resources to help them if they’re being harassed at their workplace, and this needs to change.
Sadly, blue-collar and civilian workers facing harassment in male-dominated work environments have been speaking out for decades, without much support. Women in IT, politics, construction, law, and academics are beginning to speak out about gender discrimination in the workplace within North America and beyond. But women in traditionally male-dominant jobs like police officers, firefighters, and so on are up close and personal with these types of situations every day, and are constantly silent victims because there is nowhere for them to go to complain. This kind of workplace violence against women is just not taken seriously, not by employers, not by unions, and not even by own our government.
My Human Rights case is to proceed to a board of Inquiry.
It still amazes me that I have had to spend 15 years fighting against misogyny and discrimination in the workplace, and that after all these years, I am still not done fighting. Throughout history,…
Source: International Women’s Day 2016: Now’s the time!
It still amazes me that I have had to spend 15 years fighting against misogyny and discrimination in the workplace, and that after all these years, I am still not done fighting. Throughout history, women have had to fight tooth and nail for every advancement we have had thus far, and right now is no exception. The toxic culture of misogyny manifests in workplaces across Canada and beyond, and thankfully we, as women, are refusing to be silent about the discrimination we are subjected to in the workplace, as the brave women who filed a complaint of sexual harassment against the RCMP attest. As more and more of us step forward, our rights as women as well as our concerns are finally being taken seriously, but the battle is far from over. Please consider donating to my IndieGogo fund, which exists to help me continue to finance my ongoing legal battle with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, and share the page with family and friends. Thank you.