Nonprofit Radio for October 27, 2017: Sexual Harassment In Nonprofits

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Lisa Brauner: Sexual Harassment In Nonprofits

It’s everywhere. Our community is no exception. We want your opinions and your stories to be part of the conversation. You can comment below without leaving an email address; use the contact page; or call the studio during the show at (877) 480-4120. Attorney Lisa Brauner provides legal perspective for women and organizations. She’s a partner at Perlman+Perlman in New York City.




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3 thoughts on “Nonprofit Radio for October 27, 2017: Sexual Harassment In Nonprofits

  1. I had a supervisor with deeply engrained misogyny (and internalized racism, for another day). Mainly microaggressions – comments about my appearance, asking why I wasn’t married yet, calling me emotional, doing what I call the “spreadeagle” in meetings (“I’m stretching!” or “I’m trying to make you feel comfortable by being comfortable!”), talking down to female staff, calling women females, etc. It was difficult because I never had solid proof of sexist behavior, and there was never an instance of overt sexism.

    However, everybody knew. Everybody knew that this person exhibited sexist behavior and that he did it to everyone who wasn’t a man’s man, including female board members.

    Our nonprofit serves youth and does not stand for this kind of behavior with our children (we address it head on with them), but somehow, this behavior persists as a regrettable quirk in an executive.

  2. Hello,

    I was working for 3 years in an embassy of a foreign country in the USA and during those same 3 years I was sexually harassed by different diplomats and employees who were locally hired. I wasn’t the only one suffering from this treatment, many of my coworkers would complain to me about this behavior and there were never any consequences even after talking to the perpetrator’s immediate supervisor or to the administrator of the embassy. We were cornered in offices, minister would measure our breasts in front of other people (not that doing it private makes this behavior justifiable but there were even witnesses of this behavior and no one did anything about it), we’d receive sexual propositions or catcalled in the office and we were all too afraid to speak up because this could have consequences against us women and no consequences against the perpetrators.
    After 3 years of silence, I had had enough so I decided to speak to the administrative minister in charge of the personnel about my problem, but although she behaved as an ally, I wan’t comfortable enough to give her names because in the list, I would’ve had to include my boss’. I told her I was willing to start a campaign with workshops to train men about appropriate work place behavior with female coworkers. She told me to follow up and write an email with my ideas. Needless to say, she never responded to my email (I never had a proof that that meeting even took place). I noticed her behavior changed towards me, she was avoiding me, and long story short, I was laid off a month later. They gave me no explanation, no negative feed back, after I was told I was being laid off, both administrators staid silent even thought I requested an explanation. My boss just told me I could keep my legal status for the time being until I could figure out my situation (which raises the question, what diplomatic mission in the United States that has the Department of State issue their visa personnel would risk having someone who isn’t working for them anymore, hold a diplomatic document that can be traced directly to them, if it wasn’t because they were afraid of a possible retaliation from me?).
    I talked to some friends who are lawyers, they all talked to me about how difficult the process would be and how it was very unlikely for me to be able to do anything since this happened in “foreign soil”, so I had to let it go. Til this day, I haven’t been able to find a job as a foreign woman in Trump’s America.

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