By Merrill Perlman, JAWS Board Member
We’ve all heard the horror stories: A woman is harassed in the workplace, or complains about unfair treatment. Instead of the situation’s being remedied, SHE is punished, shunned, fired or made to feel so uncomfortable that she eventually leaves, even if others acknowledge the problem. Her calling out the problem becomes the problem more than the problem itself.
It’s not fair, it’s not right, and it’s not legal. But it happens.
So what to do? There are ways to fight harassment in the workplace (and online). It’s one of the many topics that will be covered at this year’s Conference and Mentoring Project (CAMP), to be held Oct. 28 to 30 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Virginia. In addition to panels like this, we plan discussions of stresses for journalists face, whether in the newsroom or on an international beat.