'I was belittled, picked on and subjected to racism', Ushna Shah recalls workplace misogyny

Ushna Shah took to Twitter to highlight the toxic environment she had to work in during her first job.

Reports state that workplace misogyny is a common characteristic of the Pakistani work environment. However, Ushna Shah, the star of drama serial Bala, proved that the corporate world everywhere is just the same and misogyny knows no borders or boundaries.

Recently, Ushna Shah recalled her first job in Canada as an admin assistant internee. She worked in an office in Vancouver before joining the Pakistani entertainment industry.

Ushna Shah took to Twitter to highlight the toxic environment she had to work in during her first job:

My first experience with workplace misogyny: I was an 18-year-old, fresh-out-of-high-school, summer intern as an admin assistant in an office in Vancouver before university. I learned fast, did my job well, impressed the head office in Toronto, and was hired as a full-time replacement for the rest of summer to replace the HR head (a woman) who had resigned (due to office misogyny, I later found out).

Ushna continued to narrate her experience:

A 42-year-old, red-faced angry white male, head of accounts, made my life miserable. He constantly picked on me, belittled me, made racist remarks and used statements like \\’Don\\’t ask her, she\\’s just an assistant\\’ in front of clients.

While talking about the bullying, Ushna revealed that there would be times when she would \\’hold back tears on the commute home and dreaded going to work in the morning\\’.

Ushna further added:

The relentless bullying made no sense, and one day, after being provoked in a meeting in which he was (very vocal) of the opinion that I had no place being in that office, I snapped. I said to him, \\’You\\’re just angry because if I stick around, I\\’ll have your job in less than two years, Andrew\\’.

Ushna explained in her tweets:

He left no chance to bully and intimidate me. Thankfully, I moved on to start my freshman year. Still, it wasn\\’t until years later, in retrospect, that I realized that this man had an issue with a woman – a young woman, a young, brown woman – climbing the corporate ladder in a position close to his (which took him over a decade to get to). That, too, based solely on her management skills and ability to adapt and learn quickly at a speed he couldn\\’t fathom.

The actress concluded by saying that misogyny isn\\’t limited to just one profession:

This account was my first work experience. Tip of the iceberg. Before I even joined the media industry. In conclusion, it is a battle for women regardless of the line of work we are in.

Ushna Shah asked her fans and followers to share their workplace misogyny experiences after telling her side of the story:

Your turn! Share your experience(s) with workplace misogyny. Also, if you are reading this, thank you for such valuable lessons, Andrew. I was wrong about the two-year thing. Had I stuck around, I\\’d have had your job in six months.

What are your thoughts on this? Please share with us in the comment section below.

  • why did she end up making shitty dramas in pakistan if she was hot shot business person climbing corporate ladder?

  • Ushna is saying I cannot deny, but what I fail to understand is that she was educated, in Canada, smart, must be well aware of every law in Canada, why did she chosed to remain silent and take that discrimination and bullying from any one? She had every support from Government, she was experiencing the beauty of the Canadian system, which was allowing her to climb ladders faster than any one , no one was able to stop her even that guy ANDREW and without any one’s undue support just because she qualified. This was just a person who was after her and she allowed him to do so, do not blaim the system , nlame your self, you are the to be blamed for harboring this type of act and not reporting it to the authority.There is no discrimination it is just that she is exagerating to get some attention using this filthy card of discrimination.

  • Such juniors are really funny who think they will take their senior’s job right at the time of interview ????.
    Such attitude is acceptable nowhere. Some candidates brag so much during interview and they are never welcomed by the authorities.
    Really pathetic ???.

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