Women who challenged their employers, and won

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Teaching young women to stand up for their rights does pay off. Laura Connors started her first job when she was 15 at Praties restaurant in Tasmania. Her boss took advantage of his position to sexually harass her and silence her. Connors resigned in 2008 and began a three-year court battle against her former manager. He was ordered to pay her $12,000 in damages. Connors said “It was just seeing that the people in the court understood my pain and they believed me, it was so amazing they believed me...It’s not the money, not winning, it was that they knew he was wrong.”

Teaching young women to stand up for their rights does pay off. Laura Connors started her first job when she was 15 at Praties restaurant in Tasmania. Her boss took advantage of his position to sexually harass her and silence her. Connors resigned in 2008 and began a three-year court battle against her former manager. He was ordered to pay her $12,000 in damages. Connors said “It was just seeing that the people in the court understood my pain and they believed me, it was so amazing they believed me...It’s not the money, not winning, it was that they knew he was wrong.”

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