The viral video pair of a man sharing a time when a colleague who was able to hire someone decided against it because of their gender has racked up over 67,000 views on TikTok.
The first video was created by Poster @mcqueeb in response to another creator calling out to TikToker to share what’s the most toxic thing someone at work has ever said to them.
“So bear with me, it’s quite difficult for me to talk about this particular place because I’m still suffering from PTSD,” he says in the video. “When we were interviewing a potential new hire, we were all involved, we all went in, sat with them and talked to the new candidate. Before a certain job interview, my IT director at the time pulled us into a little storage container that we had outside and there were about three or four of us and he literally said, ‘Under no circumstances are we allowed to hire a woman.'”
In a second follow-up video, he says he doesn’t think he can provide any more details.
“What I can say is that I hated the process, I hated being there for interviews,” he says in the clip. “It was awkward and it’s a situation that’s already quite tense, people are nervous. I think being there makes it even worse. What made the situation worse, and I hope it had nothing to do with it, was a young black girl. And the kicker? She would have been perfect damn for the role.”
@mcqueeb #stitch with @coach2elevate The best thing I ever did was get out of this place 😞 #toxicworkplace #toxicleadership #toxicboss #toxicmanager #toxicmanagement #toxicmanagers #workplaceptsd ♬ Original sound – McQueeb
Viewers shared their own experiences of toxic or sexist work environments.
“My boss asked/told me before he promoted me ‘You better not get pregnant for the next 5 years’, he meant business,” wrote one commenter. “My promotion depended on it.”
“I once asked if I could travel less and my previous boss said I should travel more as it’s good for the relationship not to see my husband too much,” wrote another commenter.
“Looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘Your opinion doesn’t matter,'” wrote one commenter. “‘You don’t care’ after asking for PTSD support as a first responder.”
The Daily Dot reached out to @mcqueeb via Twitter Direct Message regarding the videos.
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*Initial publication: October 1, 2022 at 10:33 am CDT
Brooke Sjoberg is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.
https://www.dailydot.com/irl/it-director-hire-no-women/ A worker says his IT director refused to hire women for a position