Speak up: Harassment

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This is your daily reminder you need to speak up and out about harassment, bullying, and discrimination at work…..even if you feel scared, nervous, anxious or angry.
 
You also need a little bit of courage.  
 
YOU have the RIGHT to show up at work and NOT be harassed.
 
Retaliation* is against the law.
 
You are not alone.
 
You don’t deserve this.
 
It is not your fault.
 
We, as Women in EMS need to support each other, NMW.
 
If you have questions**…check out the EEOC website. Find your employee handbook/policies/guidelines on harassment, bullying, discrimination, and retaliation. Print it, highlight it. 
 
Report your concerns to your supervisor, manager, and Human Resources. Maybe even consult an attorney.
 
No one is UNTOUCHABLE (pun intended) from reporting.  Even if it’s the boss who is hitting on you. Or the dude that picks up all the OT shifts. 
 
Speak up to your co-workers about inappropriate behaviour.   If they wouldn’t say that comment/joke in front of their mother, wife, girlfriend, or 15 year old daughter….don’t say it. Just don’t.  
 
*Not all retaliation illegal. But, a lot is.
**This is not in any way, shape, or form of legal advice. These are my own opinions, not that of my employer.
 
Be safe out there.
~Valerie
 
PS…if you are a Women in EMS, we would LOVE for you to join us in our private, female only FB group. Click the button below, and answer the membership questions to get accepted.
 
PPS. I do ask for your email address. Why? Well, I have been kicked off social for having strong opinions and social media could disappear one day and I have a lot of amazing things planned for us ladies and you won’t want to miss it…so, yeah, I’d like your email! I’m a good steward of it and you can unsub any time and there will be no hard feelings. Cool?? Thanks!!