You’ve worked hard to achieve success in the construction industry. When you decided to become a contractor, you knew you would be dealing with an array of stressful situations. Everything from cash flow problems to workplace safety and labor shortages have challenged your skills as a contractor, but gender bias and sexual harassment require a different type of solution — one that requires finesse and understanding.
In parts one, two, and three of this four-part series, the knowledgeable construction law experts at Cotney Construction Law have been discussing gender bias and sexual harassment in the construction industry. If you are receiving complaints about misconduct on your project sites, consult a Charlotte contractor license defense attorney to find out how you can eliminate this issue and maintain a clean license.
What Respondents Said
The identities of all respondents were kept anonymous to protect them from retaliation, but their messages were heard loud and clear. Almost one-third of respondents were male and demographics were diverse. Whether they worked in craft, technical, business, or management roles, all respondents were given a platform to discuss their experiences in the construction industry. Here’s what some respondents said:
- “I was fired for being gay after 10 years of managing the office … and was threatened [it would] ruin my career if I told anyone,” said one veteran male architect executive.
- “I was groped by my foreman and then told I could ruin a man’s career if I talked too much … I got laid off a day later. There have been times when I was genuinely scared for my safety and no one cared, and when I spoke up I was penalized,” said one female craftworker, age 18-30.
- “The fact that we still have to explain to people in 2018 that harassment is unacceptable is beyond sad. Dragging our feet on this, and related issues, is a sign of how behind the times this field is,” said one male architect, age 31-45.
- “I have been harassed in every job I have ever had, and it was something that just had to be addressed at the moment,” said one female consultant, age 60+.
It can be shocking to discover that some of our workers are “genuinely scared” to come to work for fear of being harassed. Many women feel like reporting misconduct will result in their own termination, and others can’t afford to lose their jobs. It’s up to construction industry leaders to be their voice. Embrace equality on your project sites and lead by example; otherwise, you may find yourself discussing how to keep your license with a Charlotte contractor license defense lawyer.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.