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4 women on finding the right response to sexism at work

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17.06.2019

Working as a firefighter was Alexis Moore’s dream job, she says. She had been training and preparing for the role so rigorously that she sailed through training. “I was ready to go,” she recalls.

But when she reported for duty, her supervisor wasn’t as enthusiastic. He told her that he and his team didn’t want a woman there, she recalls. Throughout her time working as a firefighter, she says she experienced harassment. Over time, Moore tried forceful comebacks as well as trying to just ignore the situation. Ultimately, she was injured on the job and left her beloved career.

“I did not report the injury at the time, or the bias and abuse, out of fear that I would never find another job in the fire service,” she says. “Sadly, this was advice I received from lawyers and the union representatives at the time the ’90s.” Today, Moore is an attorney and advocate who helps women who have experienced sexual harassment in their careers.

More than 4 in 10 women have faced gender discrimination in the workplace, according to 2017 data from the Pew Research Center. From........

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