Donald Trump Jr says women don't belong in the workforce if they can't handle harassment at work

In a 2013 radio interview, Donald Trump Jr – son of Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump – had dismissed workplace sexual harassment by suggesting that women who can't take it should become kindergarten teachers.

FP Staff October 20, 2016 08:16:04 IST
Donald Trump Jr says women don't belong in the workforce if they can't handle harassment at work

In a 2013 radio interview, recently scooped out by BuzzFeed, Donald Trump Jr – son of Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump – had dismissed workplace sexual harassment by suggesting that women who can't take it should become kindergarten teachers.

During a discussion on whether women should be permitted in all-male golf clubs in an episode of The Opie and Anthony Show, Trump Jr said: "If you can’t handle some of the basic stuff that’s become a problem in the workforce today, then you don’t belong in the workforce. Like, you should go maybe teach kindergarten. I think it’s a respectable position."

Further describing himself as a "guy’s guy", Trump Jr, who is also executive vice-president at the Trump Organisation, said: "If you have a guys’ place you have a guys’ place. In a clubhouse, guys just want to be guys and they want to talk about stuff and don't want to hex it."

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, gender-based harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general, states the US law.

Commenting on Trump Jr's remarks, Vice-President Joe Biden said, “What I found astounding is that he would so publicly — no matter who he was talking to — that he would acknowledge that he engaged in the textbook definition of sexual assault.”

Donald Trump Jr says women dont belong in the workforce if they cant handle harassment at work

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