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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Hell Yeah Bianca Wisniewski
"Hardhat Bianca Wisniewski says she broke through the construction industry's glass ceiling, only to hit the concrete wall of sexual harassment - and she's suing for $20 million.
Wisniewski says elevator operator Steve Greco groped and propositioned her while her bosses brushed off her claims.
Greco harassed Wisniewski with lewd come-ons that repulsed the widowed mother of two teenage daughters, the suit charged.
'I just want to take you to dinner, no f------,' she says Greco told her while grabbing her around the waist.
'Everybody kisses engineer Steve,' the suit quotes Greco as boasting. 'This is a man's world, not a place for women to work.'"
Story excerpt from New York Daily News, to read the full story visit: http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2009/07/20/2009-07-20_bianca_wisniewski_.html
It's really very sad that women still have to deal with situations like this in the workplace. While it is unfortunate that Wisniewski had to endure such comments, it is important that the media reported on this story to show us that this abuse does take place. And it just doesn't happen in construction or stereotypical male-professions. It can happen anywhere and to anyone.
There is NO tolerance for sexual harassment. And according to Wisniewski, her superiors did nothing to stop it, gave her job to someone else when she complained, and then fired her after a period of disability.
Personally, I hope she's awarded the entire $20 million. PAY-UP.
Peace and Love,