Sexual Harrassment

Definition

  

sexual harassment

Uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature especially by a person in authority toward a subordinate (such as an employee or student). 

Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary (online)

In the News: Former Uber CEO

  

Former  Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick was accused of support an aggressive work culture that rewarded aggressive behavior that created a toxic word environment for women often referred to as work “bro culture”

Former Uber engineer Susan Fowler published allegations about the company's culture of harassment on her blog. Fowler's revelation mentioned a supervisor who propositioned her for sex, an HR department reluctant to look into her complaints, and a workplace that appeared hostile to women.


In the News: Business Insider

  

“Small acts of inappropriate behavior that often go unpunished in a bro culture can normalize, leading to a toxic atmosphere in the workplace.” Source: Business Insider


“Companies can add fuel to the fire by encouraging aggressive business practices or recruiting a male-dominated workforce.”  Source: Business Insider

In the News: Accused

  

Roger Ailes

Ailes, the chairman and CEO of Fox News for 20 years, was hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit in 2016. Ailes died May 18, 2017 at the age of 77.

Harvey Weinstein

The powerful, Hollywood producer behind "Shakespeare in Love," "Good Will Hunting" and a number of other award-winning movies came tumbling down after the Times published a story that detailed numerous accusations of sexual harassment.

Kevin Spacey

The Academy Award-winning actor was accused of making an unwanted sexual advance toward another actor, Anthony Rapp, in 1986 when Rapp was only 14. Since Rapp’s accusations, other have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault made by current and former employees on the Netflix show “House of Cards”.

Matt Lauer

Lauer was fired from NBC News  after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.” Since that first allegation, others have come forward.

Donald Trump

Reality Star turned President of the United States – accused of Sexual Misconduct.

Me Too

  

#MeToo spread virally as a two-word hashtag used on social media in October 2017 to denounce sexual assault and harassment, in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against film producer and executive Harvey Weinstein. The phrase, long used in this sense by social activist Tarana Burke, was popularized by actress Alyssa Milano, who encouraged women to tweet it to publicize experiences to demonstrate the widespread nature of misogynistic behavior.