My toxic workplace was racist & sexist. With ERA, my coworkers & I made lasting change.
September 14. 2019
Jasmine Deauville, former ERA client
Watch Jasmine’s and Terry’s story.
Content warning: Descriptions of severe harassment, stalking, racist hate speech.
Jasmine was sexually harassed, stalked, and targeted for racial and gender hatred at her first job at a restaurant. She was only 19.
“I experienced so much because of being so young and not understanding what was happening to me. I was starting to blame myself… I was called a n***** so many times in that job, had things thrown at me, it was a lot. It finally hit me when I saw the camera looking at me as I was getting dressed, I couldn’t be in this place anymore where men were watching us get dressed, and saying these horrible things and touching us. It was horrible, and it was my first job.
I knew that if I didn’t do it, none of the other girls were going to do it, and I had to make sure that we weren’t going to go through that anymore. We shouldn’t feel sexually abused every day at work.
I was nervous as hell to go into Equal Rights Advocates because I wasn’t even sure how I was going to pay my bills. They were not only able to advocate for me, but also Noreen was kind of like a mama bear. She would make you feel like this wasn’t the be all end all — you are better than that.
Honestly, coming out of that situation, if I didn’t walk in that door, I don’t know the kind of woman I would be now. To be my best self is a true feeling of freedom, which means I can breathe.”