- Sarah McGovern quit her job because her boss allegedly harassed her
- She quit a month after she was employed stating gender discrimination as her reason for quitting
- Sarah repeatedly asked her boss to stop calling her sweetie
A young woman has quit her job a month after she was employed due to harassment. The woman, identified as Sarah McGovern, said she quit because of gender-based discrimination at her place of work.
Sarah, who shared the contents of her resignation letter on her Facebook page, expressed that she wanted people to understand why she quit and realise that it is important for people to know that they don’t have to tolerate abuse.
In the letter, she stated that since she started working at her former workplace on Thursday, October 12, she had requested that her boss should refrain from calling her ‘Sweetie’ instead of calling her by her name.
Sarah also explained that after her second day at work she made the same request more than five times but her boss never listened.
Briefly.co.za noted from McGovern's resignation letter that she was outraged when she realised that her boss had discussed the issue with a male co-worker who then made fun of her because she would not tolerate harassment. She noted that co-workers even made bets on women that might quit because of their boss.
Read her letter below:
"I don't post many deeply personal things online, but I want to share this. I quit my job about a month ago because of harassment. Below is my letter of resignation. I think it's important to share this truth, and to know that many of us will not tolerate the abuse. We can and should walk out. #metoo
This is my letter of resignation, effective today, October 31, 2017, my last partial day of employment. Since the second day of my employment, on October 12, 2017, I have asked you not to call me "Sweetie." I have asked you not to call me Sweetie more than 5 times since then, and you have still not respected this request. I nearly walked out because of this last Tuesday, October 24, 2017. I stayed to give you one more chance, because you said you finally understood how important this request was, and that you would stop this specific behavior immediately and for good. You only agreed to this after I told you in anger and tears, ready to quit, how important it was that you stop. I was very upset not only from the name calling, but also because I knew you were discussing this dynamic with Tony, who just days before had come up and said to me, "Sarah and Sweetie both start with an S" - a completely inappropriate comment, seeking to instigate an upsetting situation for me, brought on by your behavior. Now, even after all of that, and with your own agreement to stop, this morning, October 31, 2017, you called me Sweetie again. This is unacceptable. I have never heard you call any of the men at your company "Sweetie," which shows that this is clearly only a behavior that you are directing at me as a woman. Your team is even aware of your poor treatment of new female employees. One team member actually told me, while laughing, that they take bets on how long "each one [referencing females] will last." That was shocking to hear, to say the least.
For these reasons, I am resigning. Gender-based discrimination is one of the most overt and harmful ways you can create a hostile work environment, an environment that is very damaging to one's health and well being. This is what you have done, and I will not tolerate it. Please confirm your receipt of this letter, voice any disagreements that you may have. Please also send my final paycheck (for 45 hours, 40 last week + 5 today) to my home address at .... Street, Garden Grove, CA .... as soon as possible, and let me know once it is mailed.
I hope in the future you are more careful in your treatment of others. It means more than you realize.
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