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Fighting for Women’s Rights in the Boys’ Club: Gender discrimination in the workplace

Halifax Media Co-Op
by Liane Tessier

Today, gender discrimination in the workplace is an issue that many in society associate with a bygone era: irrelevant and outdated.

As women gained rights in the workplace and made their way through the patriarchal society, opportunities for equality within many workplaces improved.

However, as a woman who has worked in two of the biggest boys clubs – firefighting and longshoring – gender discrimination and harassment within the male dominated workplace is a reality for many women across North America, causing massive suffering for those who are subjected to it.

As prevalent as this is, women still do not feel safe voicing their struggles or concerns and ultimately suffer in silence. If they speak out, they are subjected to retaliation and backlash. Malicious gossip, blame, poor treatment, name-calling, personal threats, property damage, sexual coercion, intentional alienation/intimidation and bullying are just a few of the tactics used by the men who harass to try and shut women up by making us fearful.

This silent epidemic among women is why society is naive to the realities concerning harassment towards women within this type of workplace.

The first step to combating this discrimination is recognizing that it exists and speaking out about it but, unfortunately, a large majority of women within the male dominated workplace have adopted the view that putting up with inappropriate behaviour by the boys club is a sign of strength… Read more and watch video at the Halifax Media-Co-op

Female firefighter says she’s victim of discrimination

City ignored, mishandled complaints about treatment, malicious rumours, woman says


Staff Reporter for the Chronicle Herald

Monday, April 13, 2009

A Halifax firefighter is alleging she has faced discrimination within the department because of her gender.  Liane Tessier, a captain who has volunteered and worked as a paid fill-in firefighter in Herring Cove since 1998, says she felt forced to file an official complaint with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission after superiors ignored her reports of harassment. “They’re dismissive,” Ms. Tessier,44, said in an interview. “They want to shove it under the carpet.”  Ms.Tessier submitted her complaint to the commission in 2007, but she said Halifax didn’t respond until February. “They don’t care about my complaint at all.  They don’t care about gender discrimination. They don’t care about minorities.

“They don’t like women to speak up. You shouldn’t speak up or challenge anything. ”Her grievance echoes those of the city’s black firefighters, who have also complained to the human rights commission about not having their concern s about several racial incidents adequately addressed.  Some of the black firefighters also allege they have recently faced retaliation on the job because they pursued the matter.  Ms.Tessier’s problems at work started in 2005 when she wasn’t being issued with all of the standard gear her co-workers had.  And the clothing she did have was being tampered with or taken, she said.  “In one incident, somebody shoved my coveralls in a corner and put dirty boots on top of them,” she said.  Other firefighters also started spreading malicious rumours about her that included untrue stories about her drinking and having sexual relationships with other members, she said.