The woman fired by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) in 2014 says her life has been "turned upside down" after accusing the congressman of sexual harassment.
Lauren Greene described for Politico how she went from climbing the ladder on Capitol Hill to working a side gig as a babysitter.
Since the summer of 2014, when she says Farenthold fired her for raising concerns about a hostile work environment, Greene has been unable to land a full-time job. She’s making $15 an hour working temporary gigs for a homebuilder. She baby-sits on the side to earn extra cash.
Greene said she was told she would be 'blackballed' if she went through with her accusations, and her experience has stayed true to that warning:
Over the past three years, Greene said she’s applied to dozens, if not more than a hundred, jobs in communications to no avail. One person told her that she didn’t get one job because of her harassment claims against a congressman.
Asked if she would do it all again, Greene said yes.
“It was about standing up for myself,” she said. “I knew that I would regret it for the rest of my life, not standing up for myself.”
“It’s a boy’s club,” she said. “I think that a lot of things are just understood and you’ve got to play by the rules and keep quiet about it. That’s just kind of the mentality, from my experience. And so, I feel like the feedback that was given to me was: If I wouldn’t stay quiet and fall in line, then my career was over.”