By Team BitBol,
Female staff have been harrased in ad agencies like IAL Saatchi & Saatchi.
Here is one female staff disclosed harrasment on her social media page.
“In the long run, we’re either slaves or free agents. Agencies exploit the extent to which they can control employees. People don’t want to mingle with the truth, in return for money and a position at a place which could very well be exploiting your personhood. Let me clarify, I was told specifically by Imtisal Abbassi to not post this matter on social media, or I will be pursued, which is why I posted it in the first place, in fact, I posted it before even signing any termination letter.
I am still waiting to be pursued, but my father was called and complained to that ‘I resigned’, by Imtisal Abbasi, assuming that I live with the same shackles everybody else does. Nida Haider and Rashna spoke with my little brother to get me to sign papers that rid IAL of all losses incurred to me, which I ripped to pieces shortly after. I was as transparent about my medical conditions as I could be, and then cautioned that I will be declared mentally ill before I finally left. I work because I like it, not because my dad told me to.
My life isn’t dependent on a job or approval from so-called friends who have to survive in this very industry. Its a dog eat dog world no doubt. I’ve been receiving messages commending me speaking up. I wish someday soon I could commend others on using their brains too. If you are being harassed, forced to stay quiet about inappropriate touching, if you are unfortunately working in a place where men are sexualizing you and your work, and not respecting your personal space, using you as bait, using your medical conditions against you, breaching your contract, or where women are purposely scaring you into not speaking up against being harassed, coercing you into taking extended unpaid leaves to cool off, you are in the wrong place and you have every right to leave on your own terms. It’s just a job.
There’s no point in coming up with average pretentious campaigns if you’re not living by the same ‘aspirational’ values. It’s showmanship. Shit happens for everyone, small time employees and big agencies alike. I wish IAL Saatchi & Saatchi, We Are Saatchi, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness, Saatchi & Saatchi New York, Saatchi & Saatchi Pro and the rest of your outfits all the best in business, by all means. I have seen how much you need it. I don’t wish that all your clients go away or you suffer, I wanted to leave and I did, it’s as simple as that. Your threats are empty. Please don’t call my brother or my dad again, if you still have stuff to say, call me.”