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Female employee shuts down sexist text from co-worker

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BY Laura Bremner
Employment law
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Sometimes sexism at work is subtle. Sometimes it’s a bit more in your face. Like the astonishingly sexist tirade Californian accountant Azita Rahman received from a male colleague after receiving a promotion. The nameless colleague starts off the charming encounter with a text reading, “No offence but you really don’t deserve that promotion.”

Obviously feeling the need to explain himself, he goes on to say, “I work my a** off and I bring her coffee every day… you’re too emotional in your decision-making. I’m not sexist but this position really is better suited for a man. Men are better with numbers, we make better accountants. You’d be a lot more successful as a secretary.”

A perfectly reasonable position (so he thinks) which he adds to with “Don’t get offended I’m just being honest” and “Hope you don’t take it the wrong way”.

Ms Rahman responded:

“See the difference between you and me in the workplace is that while you’re spending all your time… acting like you’re entitled to everything in the world and waiving off hard work just because you’re a man — I’m **surprise** actually working hard and getting ‘your’ promotions. You can say whatever you want but at the end of the day, our male boss used your so-called superior decision making skills to promote ... me. Not you. I’m sorry your genitalia and skin colour didn’t workout in your favour this time. Maybe next promotion! Until then, your analysis report is due tomorrow. See you then.”

Not only did Ms Rahman shut her sexist co-worker down in private, she also reported him to HR. One can only hope that his outdated attitudes and insulting behaviour see his career progress in a fitting manner.

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