The coronavirus pandemic has caused job chaos for many people around the world, with businesses struggling during lockdown.
Some were made redundant, others furloughed – it’s been a really tough time.
One woman who struggled with finding freelance work in recent months thought things might finally be turning around after a potential employer reached out via text message.
However she was left feeling “furious” and “freaked out” after the unnamed man revealed that he was hoping to pay her to spend some alone time with him.
Creative producer Emma Thomas shared her thoughts on the matter in a post on LinkedIn alongside a screenshot of the very inappropriate conversation.
In the first message, the employer asks if she’s still looking for work.
She confirms she is and that she has “tonnes of transferable skills” and always gives 100% with her work.
But instead of a professional reply, the person responds asking: “How would you feel if I paid you for some company and time of yours”.
Definitely not what she had in mind and definitely not ok!
Speaking about the texts, Emma proclaimed: “I AM NOT AVAILABLE FOR SEX.
“Anyone reading my CV will see I am a kick ae creative producer/project manager/creative not a sex worker! I am also f*ing furious.
“I am so angry that anyone should try to advantage of the dire job situation right now in such a way. Feel freaked out and utterly degraded, something which I am sure will have a huge impact on my job hunting psyche today. I am made of tough stuff so the thought of men like this preying on young girls in the same way makes me feel sick.”
She goes on to admit that when she initially saw the first message she felt “happy and positive” as she hoped she’d finally get more business.
But the reality left her “heartbroken”.
She added: “In 2020 can women really not put their phone number on their CV!!!”
Her post quickly went viral, with many people branding the employer’s messages “vile” and “inappropriate”.
One person commented: “This is absolutely vile. What is it, the 1950s? I’m so sorry.”
Another replied: “I am lost for words. I’m sorry that you and many women have to battle with this kind of behaviour in every day life and the professional world. It makes me feel physically sick when men behave this way.”
A third added: “I am appalled at this. I don’t know you but I feel for you. Hold your head high and keep on keeping on!”
Others shared their own disturbing experiences.
“This sort of thing sadly happens a lot. I’ve had some things where recruiters have got in contract with me in the past and because I said no to meeting him he kept bombarding with calls and SMS and even calling from different numbers it was quite bad,” wrote a different user.
Someone else said: “Similar thing happened to me too. I had to remove my phone number from my CV and from LinkedIn because of creepy messages like this.”