‘Looked Straight At My Chest: Sunny Hostin Claims She Covered Her Curves To Be Taken Seriously

Sunny Hostin shared her personal struggle with workplace harassment during her early years as a lawyer during a Friday discussion on “The View.”

Hostin, 55, claimed that after undergoing breast reduction surgery, she, like her female colleagues, refrained from reporting the harassment because she feared it would negatively impact her career.

“When I joined the Department of Justice, when I joined a law firm…we had a choice. [to report harassment], but I don’t have the courage to use them,” Hostin continued. “Don’t let the patriarchal structure cause you to lose your position.”

While reflecting on co-host In Joy Behar’s recently published essay on workplace harassment, Hostin revealed how hard she worked to be recognized for her professional abilities rather than her looks.

“When I was a young lawyer, I remember many interviews where the men wouldn’t look at me. They just looked straight at my chest,” Hostin said. “Then I started to tie my chest in order to use my qualifications to get a job.”

Former President Trump’s White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farrar Griffin echoed Hostin’s sentiments and, despite the generational gap, shared her own experience with workplace harassment, further broadening the conversation. .

“I was talking to young producers and it reflected some of the things we were experiencing in the workplace,” Griffin said. “When I worked on Capitol Hill, I had a direct boss and it was all the same thing. We wore high-necked tops, we wore loose-fitting pants…surprisingly… Congress doesn’t really have personnel.” (Related: ‘The View’ turns Spar co-host after Alyssa Farrah Griffin says she still supports Nikki Haley)

Griffin claimed that she and the other women eventually banded together and were able to have their boss removed from his position.

“Every woman has experienced harassment,” Griffin said. “The difference we have today is because of women like:” [Behar] And your generation, do we have a place to report it, and do we have the words to describe what we’ve been through? We don’t just deny it. ”