The Me Too Movement is now being focused on TV shows. I watched Blue Bloods the other night and one of the stories was about sexual harassment in the work place. Nickie, daughter of Attorney Erin Regan and Granddaughter of Commission Regan, was the subject of sexual harassment. She started a new job as an intern. Nickie used her father’s name Boyle to prevent special treatment as a Regan, which meant her new employer did not know she was related to a Police Family.
Her boss told her to call him Bobby and was very friendly and outgoing and was portrayed as an up-an-coming leader in the business world. One of the other woman in the office told her not to wear too much make-up in the office or be too girly because of all the men in the office. Nickie was surprised and asked if Bobby knew about it and the co-worker said he was no help.
Nickie was invited to dinner by the boss after work to join him and others from the office. When she arrived, no one was there except the boss. He said everyone stood him up. He then got a business call that he had to take and said he had to go to his place next door and would have food brought up for him and her. She did not go and was clearly nervous. The next day the boss asked her what happened. She said she didn’t think it was appropriate and he then made a move on her and tried to hold and kiss her. She said no and pushed him away and ran out of the closed office. She then grabbed her stuff and left the office and 3 other women followed her. Like they said it happened to me too and one person standing up allows others to stand up.
The show ended when Nickie went to her mother’s District Attorney’s office to tell her she quit her new job and 3 women followed her. Attorney Regan asked her what her boss did and if the women would talk to her office. Even though this was a television show, it happens every day in the real world just ask the Me Too Movement Members.
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