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Ivanka Trump: I Was Sexually Harassed Multiple Times

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 Aug 2016 12:20 PM

The daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump revealed in a 2009 book that she was sexually harassed on the job "multiple times" by construction workers as she launched her career in real-estate development.

"Sexual harassment is never acceptable and we must stand against it," Ivanka wrote in "The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life," published by Touchstone.

"At the same time, we must recognize that our coworkers come in all shapes, stripes and sizes. What might be offensive to one person might appear harmless to another."

Ivanka said on her first job as a member of a development team, a construction worker fired off an embarrassing wolf whistle as she walked by. It happened a number of times, she added.

"But in those cases, the workers never realized I was the boss's daughter," she wrote, adding that when the men found out they apologized.

She wrote she even dreamed about how she would deal with such harassment.

"I couldn't shake thinking that I needed to come up with a disarming line to defuse the situation and keep the embarrassment level to a minimum," Ivanka explained in the book.

"After all, I kept reminding myself, my new boss would be observing my reaction, which meant that if anything like that happened it would put me into an uncomfortable, no-win situation.

"If I ignored the inappropriate remarks, I might come across as weak. If I responded too harshly, I'd be a tightly wound witch."

The sexual harassment issue was raised this week as Donald Trump suggested that if Ivanka was a victim of it she would change jobs or get into a different line of work.

Her brother Eric caused a stir by adding that Ivanka was strong enough so sexual harassment wouldn't happen to her.

But those statements contradict Ivanka's recollections in her seven-year-old book that she was indeed harassed, but didn't quit or change professions.

In a statement to The New York Times on Tuesday, Ivanka said: "Harassment in general, sexual or otherwise, is inexcusable. At our companies, we do not tolerate harassment of any kind.

"Our policies both on paper and in practice require that every complaint be fully investigated and if claims are substantiated, our H.R. team takes swift disciplinary action."

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The daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump revealed in a 2009 book that she was sexually harassed on the job "multiple times" by construction workers as she launched her career in real-estate development.
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