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FedCivServ  
#1 Posted : Monday, March 19, 2018 10:15:10 AM(UTC)

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I am a female federal employee w/ over 30 years service. i keep listening w/ interest about all these celebrity women coming forward stating that they have been sexually harassed (or worse) by powerful men in their industry. I think most of us have heard about that activity being fairly typical in the entertainment industry. It got me to wondering... i would like to know how many other women civil servants (or military) have experienced this type of situation in the federal government? when i was a summer hire many years ago, i was harassed every single day by a military officer in my organization and the civilian leadership laughed it off. Since that time, I have been hit on, leered at, winked at, etc until the powers that be finally put out policy that this was unacceptable in the late 90s from what i recall. Since then things have gotten a ton better, but i was just wondering who else had this experience. And heaven forbid, is anyone still experiencing it?
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, March 20, 2018 4:46:51 AM(UTC)
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I'm a male federal employee now, but my one harassment experience came from back when I was a new contractor fresh out of grad school in the 2000s. One of the older female feds (mid-late 50s?) in my organization made constant comments for about 6 months about how attractive I was, would lay it on really thick with tons of suggestive comments when I was in her office working on stuff, would leer at me in meetings, and kept trying to invite me to her house.

I never made a formal complaint, but eventually asked my contractor management to assign someone else to work with her and stayed as far away from her as physically possible after that.
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:50:15 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: habu987 Go to Quoted Post
I'm a male federal employee now, but my one harassment experience came from back when I was a new contractor fresh out of grad school in the 2000s. One of the older female feds (mid-late 50s?) in my organization made constant comments for about 6 months about how attractive I was, would lay it on really thick with tons of suggestive comments when I was in her office working on stuff, would leer at me in meetings, and kept trying to invite me to her house.

I never made a formal complaint, but eventually asked my contractor management to assign someone else to work with her and stayed as far away from her as physically possible after that.


Ha ha... I had the same thing!!!

Same age (mid-50s) and all... she said "I'm not over the hill yet!" And made other comments while giving me that "look".

I work in IT... one time I was called in to work on her computer and she left up an email to another female employee about how good I looked that day. **... wow. I took it as a compliment, but things could have gotten dicey since she was a Director and I was just starting in gov't (still in probationary period). There were a lot of comments and actions... no doubt how she felt. I never reported it. I always stayed professional and laughed it off.

I can definitely relate to how a lady would feel pressured if someone in power really goes overboard with it... I had nothing to fall back on when I started in gov't... being older, I could have handled it, but if I were in my 20s, not sure if I could have. Luckily things never got bad or even close to bad.

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#4 Posted : Wednesday, March 21, 2018 12:56:41 PM(UTC)

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thanks for the perspective from the other side! The coin definitely does have 2 sides... sorry you guys had to go through that too!
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