Hi Allison, sorry to hear of your experience. Being on site is challenging enough and I can’t abide rudeness. Whilst most of my colleagues have been lovely, polite, supportive, team-playing people unfortunately I’ve also experienced harassment, bullying, chauvinism and all manner of rudeness both directly and as a manager being brought in to pick up the pieces. Last year I sat in a meeting where a male colleague suggested we go with one contact over another because she had better breasts!" Unbelievable in this day and age.
I’d like to think we’re getting to a place where we feel empowered to call people out on unacceptable behaviour but many organisations don’t have an HR person/team and sometimes your line manager is the perpetrator, party to it or unable/unwilling to take it on. As a freelancer you don’t want to make waves and are always mindful of your reputation in the industry.
That said I don’t think the event industry is particularly bad on the behaviour front. Generally people have been great to work with even under the pressures that come with the job.