‘I Want People To Know What’s Happening To Women Like Me’: Sexual Harassment In Blue-Collar Texas

By Claire Ballor
The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The Dallas Morning News recently spoke with three women in blue-collar industries, industries often dominated by men, who say they suffered persistent sexual harassment and were punished for speaking up years before the #MeToo movement began.

The Dallas Morning News

The #MeToo movement began in a hail of accusations from famous women against powerful, well-known men.

But most women who suffer sexual harassment on the job, who lose work because they refuse a supervisor’s advances, who silently endure lewd comments and groping, aren’t famous and never will be.

Headlines have largely moved on from the stories that exposed high-power men and the women who came forward against them, but the problem of workplace sexual harassment persists, especially for those who have no voice and everything on the line.

The Dallas Morning News recently spoke with three women in blue-collar industries, industries often dominated by men, who say they suffered persistent sexual harassment and were punished for speaking up years before the #MeToo movement began.

Each of the women is or has been involved in litigation against her former employer, and all three are telling their stories publicly for the first time. Their experiences are similar, part of an increasingly familiar pattern of alleged harassment that has spurred women across the world to speak out for change.

“You’ve got to be tough as nails if you’re a woman in these environments,” said attorney Bobby Lee, who represents many women in the Dallas area who have alleged sexual harassment and is representing the three women who agreed to speak to The News.

“In a male-dominated type of environment like that, if you don’t go along with the stuff that goes on, then you no longer get the best treatment or the best training and you’re the first one to go,” he said.

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