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Emma Husar Says ‘slut Shaming’ Ruined Her Career

Emma Husar says ‘slut shaming’ ruined her career

Federal Labor backbencher Emma Husar says she is the victim of ‘slut shaming’ and claims it has destroyed her political career.

“Slut-shaming is the oldest trick in the book if you want to undermine a female,” she said.

“And it’s used all the time.”

Ms Husar made the comments during an interview with Leigh Sales on the ABC’s 7.30 program last night.

“What brought by career in politics to an end was being slut-shamed so viciously, with no ability come back and stand up for myself,” she said.

Ms Husar had been famously accused by former staffer Jeremy Anderson of executing a Shane Stone move made famous in the movie Basic Instinct while her colleague Jason Clare was on the floor in front of her playing with his young daughter.

“It’s utter garbage.  Both Jason Clare and I have said that it didn’t happen,” she said.

The allegation was just one of 44 complaints about Ms Husar’s workplace conduct that were investigated by barrister John Whelan on behalf of the Labor party.

Twenty were made by Mr Anderson after he was sacked, and the rest were made anonymously.

They included swearing at staff, demanding excessive work hours, bullying and employing her nanny in her electorate office.

Mr Whelan found a small number of the complaints relating to workplace behaviour were substantiated.

His report concluded that Ms Husar’s staff had been “subjected to unreasonable management including unreasonable communications, demands, practices and disciplinary methods”.

He did not find the allegation about the Sharon Stone move was substantiated.

Ms Husar told Leigh Sales that she rejected the findings of the Whelan investigation, but did concede that she could have handled staff matters differently.

“I am disappointed that they weren’t raised if they had issues at the time,” she said.

Ms Husar maintained that he has been the victim of a personal vendetta.

“I think this was particularly aimed at me because I fired a member of staff who felt that he was entitled not to be fired,” she said.

Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from Discrimination Claims had little sympathy for Ms Husar.

“She does belong to a political party that is supposed to champion the rights of workers,” he said.

“The slut shaming is all a smoke screen – what really matters here are the substantiated complaints that she subjected staff to unreasonable management action.

“Unreasonable management action is grounds for an employee to make a WorkCover claim for psychological injury.

“I think Ms Husar has proven she does not have the right temperament to be managing people, and she doesn’t have what it takes to handle the rough and tumble of federal politics.”

If you have been subjected to unreasonable management action, or sexual harassment, you may be entitled to compensation.

Please call Discrimination Claims today on 1300 853 837.

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