Henrietta Harrison, Francis Fricker, Francis Rickard discussed on Woman's Hour

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Him? It's gonna be all right. You can have some dark, dark times, and I mean really dark times where you can not see any way out of it. But it is gonna be all right. Ryan there, speaking to our reporter, Henrietta Harrison, and we got this message from a listener. He was also tuning in, he writes in 1991 after 15 years of marriage and four kids. My wife told me, in a dear John letter, she had never loved me, and she left me for a woman. I was devastated, and even more so when I got conned into temporarily leaving, but she filed for divorce and I lost my home and my kids 30 years later, it still hurts. Please do get in touch if you too have been affected by the issues raised in that series and that piece, which we will continue to bring you in the coming weeks here on women's hour. A woman who was continually called a good girl by her boss has won an employment tribunal. The judge in the tribunal found that Francis fricker, who was an accounts executive with a consultancy company called Gartner, had been sexually harassed at work and because she fought against the harassment by taking a grievance, she was treated even worse. As well as being called a good girl, Francis was told by her boss at which photo to put on her work profile because he thought it was the most attractive. The judge also described the culture where Francis worked as lavish and toxic and that some social media posts were nasty and sexist with Francis rickard joins me now. Thank you for coming on to the program. Tell us when the good girl comments began. They started roughly around about the February time in around about 2018. So they lasted for about three months or so. And they persisted. They did, yeah, so the ones that were actually raised in the actual the actual reading itself, any sort of pulled out specific parts, but there are quite a few that were sort of said to me vocally as well. So they kind of were, it felt like there were all the time to be honest with you. I hope that sort of three month period. It was kind of used as a kind of like a controlling behavior. And your boss Giuseppe adds, he not just, he didn't just use that language, but I understand he also picked on your appearance and your photos on social media. Yeah, he did. He'd be picked at a particular photo on my Facebook accounts where he thought I look fat. It was actually taken about three months after I had my child. So there was a certain amount of excess skin around my stomach and he was sort of commenting on the fact that he thought I looked fat. Yes, and he used that a lot as well. It is shocking just hearing that at that time, how did that make you feel? I mean, at the time, I didn't really want to make too much of a fuss. You know, being in that sort of discriminatory culture, it was very difficult to sort of try and not be offended by it. However, you know, especially when something so personal is being described as being fat as after having a child is incredibly difficult to tolerate. But I did to begin with. And eventually it just sort of warmed me down. The judge specifically made a point about the language used. He said, language evolves over time, words and phrases that might once have seemed harmless and now regarded as racial homophobic and sexist slurs..

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