Ford Has A Sexual Harassment Problem At Its Chicago Plants, Says Report

A damning New York Times report says that Ford workers and particularly women are still subject to harassment and retaliation at the company’s Chicago factories.

The report claims of persistent physical and verbal harassment at the Assembly and Stamping Plants.

When Ford reached a $10 million settlement over sexual and racial harassment at two of its Chicago plants this past August, it said that it took measures to “prevent future harassment or provide prompt action” when complaints arise. However, the NYT’s investigation says the atmosphere persists.

According to the NYT, “for the Ford women, the harassment has endured even though they work for a multinational corporation with a professional human resources operation, even though they are members of one of the country’s most powerful unions, even though a federal agency and then a federal judge sided with them, and even after independent monitors policed the factory floors for several years.”

The Time’s investigation released on Tuesday describes a culture of harassment on the automaker’s factory floors that has lingered on for decades:

Bosses and fellow laborers treated them as property or prey. Men crudely commented on their breasts and buttocks; graffiti of penises was carved into tables, spray-painted onto floors and scribbled onto walls. They groped women, pressed against them, simulated sex acts or masturbated in front of them. Supervisors traded better assignments for sex and punished those who refused.

That was a quarter-century ago. Today, women at those plants say they have been subjected to many of the same abuses. And like those who complained before them, they say they were mocked, dismissed, threatened and ostracized. One described being called “snitch bitch,” while another was accused of “raping the company.” Many of the men who they say hounded them kept their jobs.

In response to the lengthy story, Ford issued a statement saying that it “does not tolerate sexual harassment or discrimination. We take those claims very seriously and investigate them thoroughly. We have a comprehensive approach to prevent and address sexual harassment and discrimination at our facilities.”

The exposé claims that the workers’ union has also been unable to resolve the matter. In some cases, the union even sided with the accused. Last week, Ford shared how over than 36,000 of its employees volunteered to help raise the quality of life for people affected by natural disasters. Meanwhile, it struggles to improve workplace safety for its own workers.

Ford is under new leadership with CEO James Hackett behind the wheel since May. Hackett will need to take action and investigate the matter immediately, if he has not already.

By Basir Khan

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  • jsz00

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  • Shane

    And the finger game begins, bang bang.

  • Knotmyrealname

    I’m not condoning ANY of this, but you have factory workers (who in most cases don’t prefer to be factory workers) that come from a background whereby such attitudes and behavior are not only unconstrained, but at worse could be even nurtured, and then are thrust into an environment where they are supposed to park their whole persona for hours on end, effectively becoming actors. Something’s gotta give.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      So maybe their environment needs to improve.

      • Knotmyrealname

        Improve as in more restrictive?

    • Marty

      If your persona sucks, you are supposed to change it so that other people don’t suffer from it. It’s called “not being an asshole”.

      It’s time for the asshole-breeding cultures to give.

    • Infinite1

      I understand what you’re saying but I disagree. Let’s not just talk about factory workers, let’s talk about all careers. All jobs and career fields have people from all kinds of backgrounds and behaviors. Harassment exists from warehouse jobs to Corporate America. Hell, I served 10 years in the military and had to put a stop to harassment more times than I can count. Look at the news in Hollywood right now with all of these accusations from actors and actresses alike. Whether these allegations are true or not, they’re proof that harassment still exists, reasons why companies have a harassment policy. It’s all about how you’re taught and what you were permitted to do when you’re growing up. If you were raised by an asshole and/or were able to behave as an asshole, then chances are that you’ll be an asshole as an adult. It doesn’t take much to be a decent human being and treat other people as such.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    not only happened in hollywood though

  • STRAIGHT MEN AND THEIR ENTITLEMENT. I WONDER HOW CASUAL THEY’D BE ABOUT A MAN GRABBING THEIR BUTT OR MAKING LUDE COMMENTS ABOUT IT. NOT SO SMUG ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT THEN RIGHT?

    • Marty

      Yep. I usually illustrate it like this:
      “You and me, alone in a sauna. I’m 193 cm tall (6’4″ for the metrically challenged). How would you feel if I complemented your nice ass?”

      That’s an every day thing if you are a woman.

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