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Lawyers hear horror stories

Lawyers hear horror stories

By Carolyn Ford

Women's Rights Workplace 

When Tracey Spicer was 14, she had a part-time job at a roller-skating rink café. There, she was assaulted by a man who told her to keep the change from an icecream and "give us a kiss" instead. He grabbed her and when he'd finished indecently assaulting her, she could taste blood in her numb mouth.  It was her first kiss. It was also her first experience of workplace sexual harassment. There were many more to come. During her career as a TV newsreader, she was told she was too blond, too stupid, too fat. She was told to accentuate her breasts reading the news, "give them something to look at". She was told to think of puppies or children when posing for publicity shots. In newsrooms of "toxic misogyny and masculinity", she was grabbed, yelled at, almost raped. Finally, she was sacked by Network Ten. Pregnancy discrimination legal action ensued and she settled out of court.

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