LCHC supports women who lead the way to make all communities safer and healthier by speaking out against sexual assault and harassment in the workplace.

 

LCHC supports women who lead the way to make all communities safer and healthier by speaking out against sexual assault and harassment in the workplace.

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California stands in solidarity with women across our country who are survivors of sexual harassment and sexual assault in workplaces and are speaking up and making our communities healthier in the process.

“We admire the voices of our hermanas fighting to end injustice and abuse of power against women, wherever they may be. As such attacks are brought to light, LCHC remains committed to fighting for work environments that are healthy for all, especially women at risk of retaliation,” said Rebecca DeLaRosa, director of legislative affairs.

One in seven women American jobs are held by a Latina, representing a total of 11.4 million workers across the country. Despite a strong workforce, women are overrepresented in low-wage jobs, where power imbalances are sharpest and sexual harassment happens more frequently. Undocumented immigrant workers are especially vulnerable due to economic uncertainty, xenophobia and abuse of power. Women of color across all racial, ethnic and foreign groups face harassment and assault at higher rates. And, we are increasingly learning that the intersectionalities of women—race and ethnicity, immigration status, gender identity and/or sexual orientation, and disability status, and socioeconomic status—contribute to increased barriers to full opportunity and health in workplaces.

“LCHC stands in solidarity with women of color, particularly Latinas who face harassment and sexual assault in workplaces that—because of twisted power dynamics—hinder their voices. I speak of immigrant women who work the fields and pick our fruits and vegetables; women in the service industry who clean our hotel rooms, serve our meals at restaurants, and care for our children in homes that are not their own. These women face particular obstacles that making speaking up difficult. LCHC especially stands with these women in their fight to confront abuses of power in their workplace. We are better off and we are all healthier because of their brave actions,” said executive director, Dr. Jeffrey Reynoso.

In solidarity,

The Latino Coalition for a Healthy California