A woman has revealed the extent of the abuse and bullying she experienced over the space of ten years while working for a Scottish government agency.
DeeAnn Fitzpatrick worked as a fisheries officer for Marine Scotland which acts as a watchdog for the nation’s fishing industry and during that time she claims she was subjected to racial abuse, harassment, bullying, and constant misogyny. Worse yet, she says that her frequent complaints fell on deaf ears.
In one particular image, sourced by the BBC and taken by one of the alleged bullies, DeeAnn can be seen duct taped to a chair, bound and gagged. The incident, which occurred in 2010, happened because her bullies found out she had complained to her boss about their abuse.
“This is what you get when you speak out against the boys,” she was allegedly told while being tied to the chair.
This poor woman was literally tied to a goddamn chair for speaking out against the harassment she endured at work and their boss uses 'boys will be boys' as an excuse. Tell me again how we don't need feminism. 🙄💅 https://t.co/bCGRBbw0rl— Jennifer 🌻 (@jennifermoira_x) May 24, 2018
Meanwhile DeeAnn has spoked out about how her boss wrote off her complaints, and instead replied in an email saying,
“I am sure they meant no harm and that was the boys just being boys.”
The BBC reports that these emails have been shown to them and are able to corroborate DeeAnn’s claims.
During her ten year period with the department DeeAnn says she was mocked for being foreign, she was taunted over a miscarriage she experienced, and she watched her bullies frequently threaten other female staff while referring to the women around them as “prostitutes”.
Currently a tribunal is under way investigating DeeAnn’s claims although it will not be considering the photo of DeeAnn tied to a chair since it happened three years prior to the beginning of the investigation.
However, DeeAnn and others felt that the photo should be released to the public to help establish just how severe the workplace bullying had become. Interestingly, one of the accused actually spoke to the BBC and responded to the allegations against him.
“These are false allegations. I can't remember the event you mention, but if it did happen, it would have been office banter. Just a craic. Certainly nothing to do with abuse.”
Meanwhile Rhoda Grant, a member of Scottish Parliament who has been helping Miss Fitzpatrick during her case has said,
“It's horrific. I'm kind of speechless. It seems to me that it's out of control.”