Jen was fired just before Christmas in 2017.

She had worked for a music venue for a few months when she learned that David, a musician who she alleges raped friends of hers, was an investor in the company (both of their names have been changed to protect anonymity).

“I only found that out because of his own big mouth,” she said. One night, not long after David had asked Jen to work with his band and she had told him why she didn’t want to do so, she began receiving texts from friends. “He was drunk and he was saying, ‘I basically own that venue and this bitch is working there. I’ll get her fired.’”

Concerned he would follow through on the threat, Jen told her boss about the allegations against David. Her boss thanked her, and two days later, he and two other members of management held a formal meeting with her, where they told her they were going to bring it up to their lawyers. Even though they warned her that getting him out of the company would be “quite a process,” she respected them for making the attempt.

Then everything changed for her at work.

“The moment I brought it up, it was as if the world flipped,” said Jen. “I cannot believe how uncomfortable it was. If I walked in a minute late, [my boss] would say, ‘You’re late.’ I knew I was going to get fired.”

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