Stop Sexual Harassment in New York City Parks Department

Lower Central Park

Target: New York City Mayor Bloomberg
Goal: Punish NYC Parks Department executives for sexual harassment of fellow employees.

Imagine being told by an executive at your work,  “If you want a job, get on the pole.” This is exactly what a New York City Parks Department executive allegedly said to one of several female employees as reported by RT.

Executives of the New York City Parks Department, in the most recent of a long history of human rights abuses, allegedly forced female employees to strip and pole dance for them at a holiday work party. In exchange for more permanent positions within the department, these employees who were working there part-time or seasonally were coerced into taking their clothes off and dancing on a make-shift pole by executives. One of the female employees described the situation to the Daily News, saying, “Some women stripped to their panties and bras, and men were slapping asses. It was out of control.”

The New York City Parks Department has already on several occasions been seen having out-of-hand work parties involving large amounts of alcohol and sexist behavior.

The fight for women’s rights in the workplace is far from being over. Particularly in stereotypically male-dominated fields, women are often put down and not given treatment on an equal level as their male coworkers. It’s incredibly important for us to stand up against this kind of harassment and violation of human rights. Tell Mayor Bloomberg that this kind of behavior is unacceptable and cannot happen again.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

The reported sexual harassment by New York City Parks Department executives is unacceptable. Female employees were allegedly forced to strip and pole dance by executives at a recent holiday party in exchange for a promise of a more permanent position in the Department.

This behavior infringes on the basic rights of these female employees to be able to work in a safe environment where they do not feel threatened or imposed upon. The over-sexualization of female employees needs to be put to a stop. The reputation of the New York City Parks Department as a whole is also jeopardized by this type of sexual harassment.

New York City Parks Department has already had several instances of having parties that have gotten out of hand and which have resulted in the exploitation of female employees, making this particular instance not by any means the first time this has happened.

I am urging you to punish the executives involved in this behavior and to put policies and enforcement in place so that this does not happen again.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Lower Central Park Shot via Wikimedia

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