A few days ago, one of my friends, who is a woman, told me that her boss was harassing her at the office. Normally, when we hear about workplace harassment, what comes to our minds is sexual harassment. But her case was different. Her female boss had been driving her unfairly hard, keeping her away from office meetings, holding back important information and telling on her to the chief. This was causing her psychological pain. She said she couldn’t complain because her boss and the office head were very close, and she might lose her job if she did so. Therefore, she has chosen to suffer in silence. It’s not only women, low-caste people and people with disabilities who are suffering workplace harassment. People who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are given a hard time too. One common form of workplace harassment for the LGBT community is having to hide their sexuality in a heterosexist environment.
March 18 / Kathmandu Post