“Let me give you some reassurance here,” even when there are no direct witnesses, “there is always more evidence than you think.” Charlotte Burrows
I wish I’d known Charlotte Burrows many years ago when I faced significant harassment where I worked. After interviewing her about the highly charged issues of harassment, discrimination and gender pay inequities, I am so glad to be able to share her strategies and resources with everyone who feels they have been harassed or discriminated against in the workplace. The EEOC filed 50% more lawsuits alleging sexual harassment in FY 2018 than in the previous year, and collected almost twice as much compensation during that time as well.
As a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for 4 years, since December 2014 having been nominated by President Obama, she is a non-partisan defender of employees. Her goal is to make it as easy as possible for anyone to have the opportunity to seek legal protection in the workplace, so she shared terrific tips and insights in this raw, yet highly informative conversation with host Joan Michelson.
- Tips for protecting yourself in the workplace – no matter what kind of harassment or discrimination you think you may be facing.
- What kinds of protections are available to women (~90% of employment-related claims are by women) – and why you probably have more options than you think.
- How the process works from the very first email or phone call you make to the EEOC.
- The systems for protecting your identity, if it’s necessary or preferable.
- How the EEOC obtains compensation for claims, when they are warranted, and how they are calculated.
“People have seen …that reporting can actually change things….America has watched a report lead to some kind of real action by the employer,” Charlotte Burrows
And sooooo much more!
You’ll probably also want to listen to Joan’s interviews with:
- Joann Lublin of the WSJ on how women Fortune 500 CEO’s got to the top and what we can all learn from their journeys.
- Ashley Milne-Tyte of Marketplace and “The Broad Experience,” on the realities of women’s lives and what “success” means.
- Jennifer Palmieri Former Communications Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, former Obama Communication Director in the Whitehouse, and author of “Dear Madam President.
- Cindy Simpson, of the Assn. for Women in Science, on how women can build strategic relationships to succeed.
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