The Worst Job In Oregon (If You’re A Woman)

Line worker Jenna Smith at work on a utility pole.

Jenna Smith remained remarkably calm on the day she came to work and found a company locker room display made to look like she was performing oral sex. Maybe it was because the tableaux was not a surprise, just "one more thing" in three years of harassment and abuse she suffered in her attempt to become an electrical lineman for the Eugene Water & Electric Board.

As a single mother, Smith badly needed to get through her apprenticeship so she could begin earning the $44-an-hour wage that journey-level workers make. So she kept quiet, figuring her supervisor would take down what she calls "the shrine." He saw it, but it stayed up in the locker room about three months.