No More a Victim of Injustice

Posted July 11, 2013 from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

My name is Resolute and I was once a victim of injustice!

I worked in an environment run by foreign investors for fifteen years and while I would readily admit that the revenue brought into the country significantly helped the local economy, I have also chosen to share about some adverse experiences.

Many of those people came to our shores less educated that we were, with little or no experience in the line of work. Recommended by a friend of a friend, they came for a piece of the pie and were appointed as our superiors. Like obedient servants, we were expected to shut up, stand at attention and teach them everything we know. We were not to question their authority and any defiance was dealt with harshly.

Regardless of how hard I worked, the countless hours I invested, the responsibilities I accepted, it was never enough to warrant a decent pay. I was treated as if money was a foreign commodity that I would not know how to use, therefore, I was always given barely enough for my basic needs. Any knowledge of me trying to develop personally or academically was taken as an act of rebellion.

I was discriminated against because of my gender, my ethnicity, my ambition and my expressiveness. I was left out from work-related social events, promoted several times without remuneration, superiors took credit for my contributions, others regularly arrived late for meetings that I called or would leave when it was time for me to speak, I was often given the “silent treatment”, I was treated rudely and disrespectfully, I was put down in front of others, I was given bigger workloads and shorter deadlines than others, attempts were often made to sabotage my reputation, I received little or no feedback about my performance and every attempt was made to frustrate me and to push me out.

I became a loner as I vowed in my heart not to allow my voice to be taken from me. I continued to express my opinion and to encourage fellow co-workers to maintain their identity and to stand up for what is right. However, the harmful effects of workplace bullying began to take a toll on my health and I began suffering from panic attacks, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue and insomnia.

One day, someone threaten to kill me after being terminated for performance reasons. I later discovered that the person was influenced by some senior executives. Another attempt to aggravate me. The decision was cleared by the Managing Director and Company Lawyer, however, when my life was threatened, I was left in the cold. I was informed by the Company Lawyer that the company will not support me and that there will be consequence to what I have become embroiled in. That and many prior events propelled me to evaluate the situation and to stand up for myself and for others. I subsequently made the decision to leave that establishment. I refused to let my rights be trampled on and to be used as a bait. Today I educate people on the effects of workplace bullying, racism and injustice. A bully comes in all form and fashion and has no boundary. We should not allow our rights to be trampled upon! How many will stand with me? Let us start setting the parameter for people to follow.

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Comments 4

  • Kim Crane
    Jul 15, 2013
    Jul 15, 2013

    Wow! I can't imagine having to overcome any one of the items on that laundry list of injustices you faced. You have INCREDIBLE inner strength that after all of that you were able to hang on to your sense of self and fight for your rights. I am so glad that you, with your experiences and your courage, are now in the position of educating and inspiring others.

    Thank you for sharing your story with this community... and for living up to your wonderful name!


    Aug 02, 2013
    Aug 02, 2013

    je suis tres heureuse d'entendre votre émoigne et de voir qu'il y a plus d'une femme qui se battent pour leur vous prierai sincerement de ne pas vous arreter en chemin et de tenir fort car ça sera une immence joie de nous voir nous femmes jouirent un jour de nos droits...felicitations et courage

  • Ramesh Chander Pant
    Aug 03, 2013
    Aug 03, 2013

    very glad to know to read the article. Thank you for sharing your incidents with this community. God bless you.

  • moses
    Aug 05, 2013
    Aug 05, 2013

    You are a strong woman and i really your courage and i wish all women stand up together and fight for rights,In my country Uganda, violating women's rights is still very high and those who come on board to fight such in a way of demonstrating are being blocked by the police and gives way to violators to continue with the happy you . thank you for sharing.

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