WE “Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong.
It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” —G.D. Anderson
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The $20,000,000 Girl says “The subject
wouldn’t be touchy if they quit touching!”
Empowered Women of Florida
rass or vilify someone, you not only disrespect them, but yourself
“Street harassment, sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender
based violence and racism, are all acts committed by a person
who in fact has no self-respect.
By Stanley Barnhisel
Veronica Dallam was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
She is a self-proclaimed Military Brat who attended 13
schools before the 9th grade. Veronica is also a single mother
who did an incredible job raising her now 20 year old son
William Zackery Dallam.
years. This is her second marketing company that she spent
many years serving. Veronica has always taken her positions
very seriously and would make decisions with the company’s
best interest in mind. Though Veronica is company minded,
she is pleasant to her co-workers and possesses a sense of humor
guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
While functioning as the manager of the previous company,
she would periodically notice odd behavior from some of
her marketing managers. Initially thinking the oddness of the
behavior was in her head and couldn’t possibly be true she
kept her eyes open. She would notice male manager’s glances
toward particular female subordinants.
Eventually, she began asking these employees what was
going on. They often down played the suspicions that Veron-
story would come out! The male managers, of which there
awkward scenarios, then make
sexual advances towards them.
According to Veronica, this was
happening often and if there was
any resistance or push back the
managers would terminate the female
Veronica immediately informed
the owner of the company
fully expecting his support and
looking for his directions. She was
“Veronica I need you to stay out
of it. It’s not as big
of a deal as you are
making it!” This is
obviously not what
she was expecting.
After the owner told
the male managers
what Veronica had
said they immediately
turned on her.
She was now an outcast,
and all she did
was try to protect
her company and it’s
by her former “teammates
to come to work
Veronica Dallam, right, with her son
William Zackery Dallam.
and watch out for
her female co-workers. She noted everything she witnessed.
When she tried to speak to the owner again he was short and
avoided her. Veronica pushed the issue as the harassment
continued. She saw girls get hired with excitement in their
eyes so happy to start a new career just to watch them whither
in disappointment and sometimes shame.
Veronica held on for about a year pushing the issue,
terminated as a thanks for her effort.
About a year into her new job with the company she is
still currently with, she read in the news that her previous
employer lost a class action suit. Below is a snippet from the
EEOC web page with names and the name of the company
Florida Company Subjected Women to Verbal and
for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged
TAMPA, Fla. - A federal jury has returned a unanimous
verdict awarding a total of $20,251,963 to eight former employees
of (the company) who suffered sexual harassment and
retaliation, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC) announced today.
I’m not a betting man but if I were, I’d bet dollars to
doughnuts someone wishes they listened to Veronica!
Stan Barnhisel has over 30 years experience in marketing & lead generation,
runs a large call center and enjoys helping businesses market their
companies to reach their full potential.
FLORIDA WOMEN MAGAZINE 813.682.9364 APR/MAY 2019 • 9