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Shvoong Home>Medicine & Health>Is Your Daughter Safe at Work? Review

Is Your Daughter Safe at Work?

Article Review   by:anglesunsest     Original Author: By E.J. Graff
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03Is Your Daughter Safe at Work? WebMD Feature from "Good Housekeeping" Magazine By E.J. Graff Every year, thousands of teenage girls are sexually harassed, even assaulted, at work. What smart moms need to know — and what they must teach their daughters. At first, 16-year-old Maureen Smith* loved her new job at UltraStar Cinemas'' Poway 10 theater. It was fun to see movies for free, and she liked goofing around with the other kids who worked there, including her best friend, Lindsay. Maureen''s parents had been pleased when she''d told them she wanted an after-school job so she could earn her own spending money. At the time, Maureen was a high school junior who not only earned academic awards, but played lacrosse and ran cross-country. Yet her mother, Katherine, felt her daughter could handle the new responsibility: "She was very disciplined," Katherine recalls. A few weeks after Maureen started working at the San Diego–area theater, Dan Wooten, 32, was brought in to become general manager — and everything changed. "Dan had an air about him that was really intimidating," Maureen says now. His language was foul — "I heard words out of him that I''d never heard from anyone in my entire life" — and his favorite topic was sex. He would describe his own sex life in disturbingly graphic detail. He would point out customers and ask the girls who worked at the theater whether they''d want to have sex with those men.
And he showed off the pornographic magazines that he had stashed in the box office. Dan wasn''t the only problem. The assistant manager, Adam Gustafson, physically harassed Maureen and the other girls. He''d grab them abruptly, bending their arms into painful positions, then put them in armlocks — restraint holds he was learning at the police academy and practicing, he said. Or he''d come up from behind, tilt their stools back suddenly so they''d be terrified they''d hit the floor, then catch them against his hips. But for Maureen, the worst part was that Dan kept scheduling her to work at night — in the box office, often alone with him. There, he''d make sexually provocative remarks, telling her that he liked the way her hips moved when she walked, for example. He''d also touch her, rubbing her flat stomach admiringly or taking her wrist and commenting on how "little" it was. When she cut her hair, he got extremely upset, and said that women were sexier with long hair and that cutting it was a "sin."
Published: November 13, 2007   
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