About the Author

Carriece Jefferson is a self-published author, playwright, and speaker. She’s the owner of Crafty Hands Club, an online magazine that tell stories of crafters from all walks of life. She writes thought-provoking work that starts conversation. She currently resides in Chicago, IL.

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  1. Thank you so much for this article. I too experienced a similar situation in 2019 at an employer I was with for 12 years. A young, educated, black woman myself, I believe me questioning my superiors and speaking up for myself and others is what prompted my “lay off”. Nevertheless, I took it as a blessing in disguise because I was miserable there and it truly was affecting my spirit. So again, I thank you for sharing… you are not the only one and now I know I am not the only one!

    • We have to take a stand on things. Otherwise we lose our identity to something that’s not guaranteed. Thanks for sharing your story, and a peace of mind is priceless.

  2. Thanks for writing about your experience. It’s helpful to hear about how you still had poise and peace……

    • Thank you, and glad you found it helpful. It’s hard to be composed in unfavorable situations, but it pays in the long-run.

  3. I read your story but you left me hanging. What happened after the meeting? You said you walked away with peace but did anything change for you, were you treated any differently and did the harassment and mistreatment stop? Are you still working there? You see how many unanswered questions you left? Lol. I enjoyed reading your story and I’m glad you stood up for yourself. I hope you continue to prosper.

    • Hi Janice, there was more written before edits. I’m still at the company and things have gotten better. My speaking up actually changed the way staff meetings are conducted. Plus, employee surveys are sent weekly to address known/unknown issues. Glad you enjoyed the article, and thanks for the questions.

  4. Your writing compelled me to comment. Thank you for women past, present, and future who have endured or will endure the tactics you have written. As one no longer encumbered by others’ expectations and nonsense and therefore their privilege to “act out”, I say hallelujah to you. May the peace that surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus along with countless other women who will come against the wiles of devilish approach.

    • Taking the high end is the way to go. Thanks you, and hope you’re enjoying retirement.

  5. Just beautiful. So many of us have had to withstand these types of environments and behaviors. I applaud you for standing your ground with the knowledge that “no weapon formed against you shall prosper”. Thank you for sharing. While I am retired, I have a number of younger friends who are in the corporate workplace and I will share your post with them.

    • You’re welcome and yes, feel free to share. Navigating workplace situations is something that should be taught in job programs.

  6. Excellence and confidence on one’s self comes from God above. Peace in your heart mind and soul is being at peace with God! You are very blessed Sister!

  7. I absolutely love this message! I commend you for standing up and establishing boundaries! I’m a Career Coach that infuses faith in my services so I appreciate this message even more because you value the applause of God rather than the applause of man. Keep Shining!

    • Crystal thanks for the feedback. Taking the Christian approach is viewed less popular, but God can do what we can’t.

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