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Crushed By HR: A Sexual Harassment Horror Story

By The Huffington Post

Mike Picarella wanted to protect a co-worker at HSBC from being humiliated by their boss. He didn't expect his own life to be destroyed in the processRead full story

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  • charlie l
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    I'm sorry I think this is ridiculous. Anyone that's professional enough to work in a job like that should know better. Doesn't matter when they started working there. I'm almost 50 years old and I work in offices for quite a while. I've never acted like that towards somebody. People don't use the filter between their brain in their mouth.

  • That untouchable attitude is sickening. It hurts my heart to see evidence of people so quick to abuse their power and place “smaller” people under the wheels of their machine. They’re willing to ruin a person’s life to avoid the consequences of their own actions. I can’t imagine working in a corporate setting like that. I pray that Mike’s family will still be richly blessed for his courage to stand up for the truth and stand alone against the bank.

  • Lindsey  Avena
    Lindsey Avena

    “She moved up, in large part, by cultivating a reputation for being brash, boisterous and profane. By becoming one of the boys.”

    From the beginning, this is exactly the impression I had. Eileen was trying to fit in as well as intimidate, because being in a leadership position as a woman can be tough in this type of work.

    Though I recognize this, I have nothing but disdain after reading through her victimizations of Mike and Jill. She may have been aiming to be “one of the boys”, but by doing that

    “She moved up, in large part, by cultivating a reputation for being brash, boisterous and profane. By becoming one of the boys.”

    From the beginning, this is exactly the impression I had. Eileen was trying to fit in as well as intimidate, because being in a leadership position as a woman can be tough in this type of work.

    Though I recognize this, I have nothing but disdain after reading through her victimizations of Mike and Jill. She may have been aiming to be “one of the boys”, but by doing that, she ended up being much worse than the men spoken about in Mike’s account of things. This is important. How often are women called out for sexual harassment and retaliation, especially in the workplace? It’s uncommon because people share this disbelief that it’s even possible, because how could a woman be the perpetrator when people tend to only see female victims? I mean, men are less common to speak out because of the rejection that it’s even possible, so Mike is a brave case. Additionally, the fact that she was harassing Jill the way she was (what?! A WOMAN HARASSING A WOMAN?!? so shocking) without anyone commenting on it (until Mike) speaks volumes about this work environment.

    Mike’s career was ruined. Jill’s career had to have suffered a blow as well, because despite how much she was targeted and how much she endured, she was ultimately fired for a relationship with someone in a different department - and HSBC is the type of employer to make sure everyone knows it, even if it’s indirect. All of this ruin because of Eileen and all of her enablers/protectors. The fact that the case was lost against HSBC, despite this VERY detailed account of both the sexual harassment and retaliation upon reporting that took place, makes my skin crawl.

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