In a December survey, employees of the Free Library of Philadelphia complained of inappropriate treatment by their co-workers and superiors. In a space that boasts of its “diversity and inclusiveness of all,” 86% library employees were able to identify a time where they felt they were harassed or discriminated against.
It took a mere few hours before Free Library President Siobhan Reardon requested that the online survey be taken down. That was until last week when the librarians’ union resurfaced the survey and responses surged. Employees noted instances of homophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and racism. In total, 83% of the responses cited one of these specific discriminations.
Workplace discrimination occurs even in the places we consider safe. Leonard Sciolla prides itself in attaining justice for employees who are harassed or discriminated against in their workplace. If you feel you have been treated unfairly based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or otherwise, please contact our firm and ask to speak with Michael Tinari, Marisa Ciarrocki, or Joana Lacy.