‘Sometimes you could be thinking, is this all in my head?’ she told Binge List’s Clare Ridgen of her concerns about gender discrimination. ‘But other times it’s quite clear - like for instance I was given, by accident, my colleague’s pay packet.
‘It was addressed to me, so I opened it and then saw what he was getting paid, and I was doing the exact same work and he was getting paid a lot more.’
When asked about whether the incident took place during her run on Channel [V], Yumi confirmed that was the case. Further pressed on whether the man was Osher Gunsbereg, Yumi said no, adding of the individual’s identity: ‘I’d rather not say - but it wasn’t him.’
Yumi, who was on Binge List to discuss upcoming documentary, Is Australia Sexist? (SBS, December 4), says that awkward moment stung for a number of reasons.
‘It was really like a slap because I had been working my arse off to do a good job and to really try and be excellent, and time and time again you’d get told, “Oh you’re doing this job because of the way you look, or they’re trying to fill some kind of diversity quota", or some other way in which your worth is diminished, or measured by completely different standards to men.’
To hear a full discussion of Is Australia Sexist? listen to this week’s Binge List – out now. Details below!
And an extended interview with Yumi will appear in the new issue of WHO magazine, out Thursday.