Former Hollywood Assistant Posts A Very Sexist Email From Her Boss

Rosette Laursen was going to take him to court over the incident but since she didn't want his money, she outed him anyway.

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Got a less-than ideal boss? Are they funny about when you can take you holiday days? Or watches the clock when you go to lunch?

Well, take a seat my friend, because it turns out you've got it pretty sweet.

Yesterday our feminist hero du jour was Lara Sharp, who tackled manterrupting and mansplaining one Facebook post at a time.

And today? Let us introduce you to Rosette Laursen, who deserves a bleedin' medal.

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Laursen was working as an assistant at a talent agency in the Los Angeles area and, although it wasn't everything she dreamed of, she knew she had it better than a lot of women around the U.S. who are undervalued.

With this in mind, on 8th March, which is International Women's Day, she decided she wanted to follow the lead of other feminists around the country and take a day off work.

The movement, which was titled 'A Day Without A Woman', encouraged women to take a day off and refrain from spending to help highlight the importance of their contributions to society in money, (wo)manpower and more.

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Laursen claims she emailed Einfeld to let him know that on March 8, the day of the strike, she 'would love to spend the day writing, as my career goal is to be a TV Writer, and unfortunately writers' rooms are very dominantly male, even in 2017.'

She notes that 'pilot season', a particularly busy time in the Hollywood schedule, was coming to a close and by suggesting she do some writing on her day off was essentially offering to work for free.

When her boss responded, he 'accidentally' clicked 'reply all' and replied with a message clearly not meant for certain eyes. The email not only landed in Laursen's inbox, but in entire office's inbox too.

The message read,

Are you fucking kidding me. At the end of pilot season. Someone should sew her vagina shut. I'm never hiring a girl ever again. No bonus for anyone that strikes or leaves early in pilot season. No one is striking in show business we are all against Trump. And women are considered diverse and being shoved in as writer and directors. Zach who is a Jewish male is being pushed out. Uppity Selfish Cunt. Heather went to work. I'm sure anyone at a casting office or agency would be fired.

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If this charming response - meant for two male coworkers only - wasn't enough, her boss realised what he'd done and sent this apology:

I apologise for venting like a misogynistic faggot. I was letting off steam I didn't mean to hit reply all. I'm an asshole. If you come back we can play Nazi death camp. You can beat me and put me in the oven. Or feed me cabbage and lock me in the shower. I am truly sorry.

Perhaps unsurprisingly Laursen responded with a succinct 'I quit'.

After trying and failing to take a litigious route of reconciliation with the boss, she decided she couldn't care less bout getting any money from her company or him and decided to out his public emails with this epic Facebook post.

She names her boss, too.

The post obviously blew up and has been responded to 2.1k times, shared almost 900 times and has over 400 comments.

And though this is a crazy and, eventually, fabulous tale of naming and shaming unreasonable behaviour, what's most compelling is Laursen's discussion of abusive behaviour and why 'victims' struggle to leave.

Laursen points out that this was, actually, the final straw of a long list of wrongdoings by her boss - he was often racist, sexist and generally inappropriate, though he tried to pass it off as a joke.

The terrible behaviour, however, was not 'all bad', and therein lies the rub. Hardly anyone in the world is 'all bad', as Laursen so brilliantly points out:

And that's why it's harder to get out of these situations. It is similar to feeling trapped with a physically abusive partner or family member. I've also been in that position and it would have been a lot easier to leave quickly if they were only awful. But no one is. That is the truly sad thing about leaving an abusive situation, because you are leaving someone who is sometimes human and good.

So not only will this boss think twice about making such statements (hopefully), but we've all learnt something too.

Told you she was your feminist hero of the day.

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