Lizette Risgaard, the 62-year-old head of Denmark’s largest trade union FH, resigned on Sunday after allegations of sexual harassment of young men.
“The union movement has always been the most important thing for me, but now I have to say that the information that spreads from several sources stands in the way of this fight,” Risgaard wrote in a statement.
She dealt with harassment in the workplace herself
In this way, the head of FH since 2019 referred to the allegations of eight young men from the trade union movement, who in recent days anonymously told the newspapers “Berlingske” and “Ekstra Bladet” about cases of improper behavior of their superior. Risgaard was allegedly slapping her subordinates on the buttocks or getting too close when she danced with them at team building events.
The union she led campaigned against sexual harassment of women in the workplace.
Risgaard was due to give her traditional Labor Day speech on Monday. The acting head of FH Morten Skov Christiansen appealed to activists to find time on this most important day for the trade union movement to discuss the most important challenges, and not just to talk about the former president.
The trade union organization FH brings together 1.3 million Danish workers.
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