I work for a significant publicly-funded organisation whose culture and treatment of working women (especially mothers) is completely unacceptable.
To date I have been discriminated against in a number of significant ways, but most of them will need proper legal advice and representation in order to properly challenge. We are a young family and do not have the income to fund a full legal challenge and so crowdfunding seems to be the best option we have.
In summary the various discriminatory practices that I wish to legally challenge are:
- Meetings held in totally unacceptable locations for no good reason, including a meeting of two senior males and several junior female colleagues held in one of the superior's own bedroom - we were invited to either sit on the bed or on the floor. There was no reason the meetings should have been occurring at his home anyway, let alone his room. As you can imagine, this was extremely humiliating and unpleasant for me.
- Since reporting this behaviour anonymously he has actually had more power and management responsibility and a temporary increase in his salary extended.
- Since reporting this behaviour I have received thinly veiled threats about being forced to leave the organisation as a result of my complaint.
- I feel intimidated and victimised in my employment.
- Within this superior's team the use of foul and sexist and sexual language (including the C word) has led to an offensive environment. He also told us on two separate occasions he didn't inform a female superior of important information because 'she was pregnant'. Brazenly treating work colleagues differently due to pregnancy is not ok.
- I was not informed of all promotion opportunities whilst on maternity leave, and so had no way to apply to them. I didn't find out about them until I returned from Mat leave. I was on a temporary promotion for nearly 2.5 years and so such opportunities were extremely valuable to me.
- I have been strongly dissuaded many times by superiors from applying to various posts in the organisation due to my status as a part-time worker. No solid business reasons for refusing my applications were given. The fact that nearly 90% of the organisation's part time workforce is female means this negative, un-inclusive culture is directly feeding the gender pay gap.
- I have raised all of the above with the appropriate people at work but so far have been met with defensive platitudes, woefully inadequate action and lack of interest in rectifying the sexist culture, hence my desire to get legal advice.