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Lori Carr Participates in Panel on Sexual Harassment
December 8, 2017
Estes Thorne & Carr partner Lori Carr was a featured participant in a recent DFW CBS 11 panel, offering her perspectives on the cultural shift that is empowering victims of workplace sexual harassment to speak up.
For perhaps the first time, she said, victims are seeing that their harassers are suffering the consequences of their actions and that has helped alleviate some of the reluctance victims have traditionally had to reporting offenses.
“People have always been aware of their rights. Where they weren’t coming forward was out of the fear that by complaining they would be the ones to lose their jobs. That is one of the main reasons these things don’t get addressed, women are retaliated against and ostracized when they bring these complaints forward. They are not believed. They are ridiculed,” she said.
“But we are now finally seeing actual consequences for the harassers rather than their victims. That empowers other women to come forward to also make their complaints.”
Companies too are becoming more responsive, with an increased interest in training and the tightening of policies addressing issues from harassment to inter-office dating, she says.
Also participating in the discussion led by political reporter Jack Fink were Rep. Helen Giddings (D-DeSoto), Rep. Victoria Neave (D-Dallas) and Leading Right CEO Beth Jones. The Facebook Live panel discussion can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/CBSDFW/videos/1757037650986030/.
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