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TO ALL FEMALE STAFF EMPLOYED BY THE FREE CLINIC
May 17, 2000
11:14 pm
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Following the General Staff Meeting on May 15, 2000, a Free Clinic staff person remained to ask the Board President, Adam Fishman, a question regarding the outcome of the grievance filed by Jane Loisdaughter related to the November, 1999, "pushing" incident perpetrated by Executive Director, Martin Hiller. Mr. Fishman told the employee that both Mr. Hiller and Ms. Loisdaughter were formally reprimanded for the incident. The employee asked Mr. Fishman the content of Mr. Hiller's reprimand, and was told that Mr. Hiller was reprimanded for "pushing Jane." The employee then asked Mr. Fishman the content of Ms. Loisdaughter's reprimand. Mr. Fishman replied:
"JANE PROVOKED HIM." This is not a rumor. this is not inflammatory, false information. This is the Truth. Male abusers use the classic defense of blaming the victim for crimes perpetrated. "She provoked me" is the mantra of male abusers, and sadly, this defense is condoned by the patriarchal culture in which we live. Are we willing to accept the pervasive women-hating that exists in our workplace? We are employed by an Executive Director and Board of Directors who did nothing to remedy this violence against a woman. No man has the right to lay his hands on a woman. Any other executive at a large organization would have been asked to resign under these circumstances. Let us look into the eyes of one another. Are we to accept this type of discrimination in the workplace? Can we represent the Free Clinic under these circumstances? Please speak up. Please speak the truth. Please do not live in fear of being fired. Only women can change this atmosphere of hatred. PLEASE DO SOMETHING NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 17, 2000
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Thank you so much for posting this. I am horrified that this goes on in a place lilke the Free CLinic. However, over the years, out in the community, I have heard many things about the clijnic including sexual harassment, sex with patients, racial discrimination law suits, affairs between supervisors and subordinates, etc. That this kind of behavior continues and is, apparently, condoned by the board,
the administration, and the community is not surprising. While certainly rumors may be unfounded, hasn't anyone conducted an inverstigation to sort out what is true and what isn't?

May 18, 2000
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This shows unhealthiness right at the top.

From what I understand, the debate in the first place was "provoked" by Marty playing beaurocratic games with the staff.

If Marty is the 'leader' of the Free Clinic, he needs to start acting like a leader and not a bully.

Ruining a phenomenal mental health department is not leadership, it's stupidity.

May 19, 2000
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Does anyone know if people outside the agency are aware of what took place? I find this very disturbing. This is not the Clinic I know and love. How can i walk in the doors if this is this kind of rhetoric is supported by the Board and administration. As someone who has been victimized by Domestic Violence, I'm horrified. A.T.

May 28, 2000
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June 6, 2000
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Why isn't the community more outraged by this? Does the community even realize what has happened?

June 7, 2000
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So, what are the female staff planning to do about this? Can't the female members of the staff file a joint grievance against the management for supporting or encouraging an environment which promotes the discrimination and abuse of women? How can an agency that provides services to women support this type of behavior?

June 12, 2000
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How can the Free Clinic operate Domestic Violence and Anger Management at a place that tolerates this type of behavior? Some example this sets for the community.

June 13, 2000
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Please don't lump us all together - the place (Free Clinic) isn't just Marty and the Board - it is staff of 40, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of clients - many of us don't tolerate this type of behavior, we don't think it is O.K. in the slightest, that is why we are fighting this as best we can. Please don't assume we're all just sitting back and saying it's alright 'cause we aren't!

June 21, 2000
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I applaud everyone who is not keeping silent to this abuse!

June 22, 2000
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My prayers are with everyone. Violence can never be tolerated!

June 24, 2000
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Best of Luck to everyone who has to work in this environment. Even if your afraid for yourselves, you owe it to your patients to speak about violence and injustice. My Prayers are with you all!

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