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EEOC Regulations and Violations
Sexual harassment is illegal in the United States and other nations, but it is sometimes difficult to prove. Stringent, consistent documentation is required from day one of its inception in order to prove a strong case and to gain a conviction if the case goes to trial.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the governmental agency that handles regulations concerning sexual harassment in the workplace.
Every new hire in a new job should begin a work journal to use as a case for proving one's deserving of a raise and promotion, and this journal could also record evidence of sexual harassment. The employee may not realize that it exists until he or she reviews the journal weekly and monthly and notes patterns of behaviors. It's the best proactive action for job advancement and best defensive action in case of harassment.
In Ohio from 1990–2010, several cases of sexual harassment in public schools and non-profit organizations were prosecuted with the result that the perpetrator, if a teacher and even if harassment was between two teachers or an administrator and a teacher, lost licenses and was barred from teaching. Violators were required to register as sex offenders.
Many Ohio public school systems have anti-sexual harassment policies and regular awareness/prevention training in place, including deep background checks for personnel.
However, not all potential perpetrators are eliminated or deterred. My opinion is that these school systems do a high-quality job, but cannot catch all possible perpetrators before harassment occurs. The school systems are proactive overall, in my opinion.
In the non-school non-profit sector in the same state during the same 20 years, perpetrators have been fired and sometimes required to register as sex offenders, depending on the case. Additional, anti-sexual harassment training has been provided by the state to these organizations, some of which had never instituted such training on their own initiative in the past. That, of course, proved unwise. Non-profits have become more proactive in this state over the last 20 years.
One caveat to proactive status is the fact that several lawsuits involving allegations of sexual harassment in churches and other non-profits in Ohio have been settled out of court with the agreement that none of the parties discuss the case or the settlement moneys and amounts. It is difficult to determine whether these organizations have instituted more effective programs of sexual harassment prevention and address.
An Overzealous K-5 School
In 2006, a 6-year-old first grader from the town of Brockton, Massachusetts, touched a girl in his class. This propelled chaos into a city bill for $50,000 in legal fees and about $250,000 in city insurance payouts (Reference: enterprisenews.com/news/cops_and_courts ).
The boy was accused of sexual harassment of a female classmate via his touching her skin inside the waistband of her trousers. He was suspended for three days.
After the dust settled and countermeasures were pressed, the boy himself will receive $160,000 beginning in October of 2017, on top of $20,000 awarded to his parents.
The settlement included new sexual harassment training for school principals in Brockton. Thus, Brockton schools became more proactive after this case.
Legal actions based on EEO violations were dismissed in this rather extreme case.
A large Midwest non-profit employed a dozen staff people at one location, including a project manager, two clerical workers, and nine operations persons. No sexual harassment policy or training was in place, despite EEO regulations regarding such harassment. This was unwise.
In one particular case, harassment was used by one senior operations person as a bullying technique to cover ineptitude and absence-without-leave, while gaining power in the office.
Complaints were filed at the local office and in HR, but were dismissed. The staff was instructed to file no more complaints and was administered sensitivity training. However, further violations occurred, escalating after a year into a food fight and then a fist fight between a man and a woman. Legal actions were dismissed.
Because a major federal grant soon expired, the guilty parties were laid off instead of prosecuted. The organization closed within a few years, but staff were consistently uneasy at work.
Federal Guidelines Site for Harassment Prevention
For-Profit Case Example: FedEx
Santa Clara County, February 2005
In February 2005, $2 million in punitive damages was awarded by a jury in Santa Clara County, California, to two women victimized by sexual harassment via a male employee of Federal Express Corp. In the first phase of the trial, the jury found:
- sexual harassment,
- failure to take reasonable steps to prevent and correct discrimination, and
- intentional infliction of emotional stress.
The two plaintiffs were awarded compensatory damages of $328,000. The results of the second phase awarded punitive damages of $1 million each.
Harassment involved stalking and intimidation related to fruitless and escalating attempts to date one of the women and the belief that the second woman was interfering with that process.
Oakland-Stockton Area, April 2007
In the Oakland-Stockton area of California, a woman successfully sued FedEx (reference: www.insidebayarea.com/search/ci_5667745) to an award of $3 million for sexual harassment, although the company appealed the decision.
In 2002, the rather long-term female employee of the Oakland FedEx offices, filed an official complaint against Federal Express for, specifically, "sexual harassment, retaliation and constructive discharge." A male supervisor allegedly had been kissing and hugging her against her wishes from 1999–2001.
The target (victim) stated that because she refused sexual advances, her pay was held back, personal leave was turned down, and work shifts were inconveniently changed. She quit and filed suit under the Civil Rights Act and California's Fair Employment and Housing Act; being awarded $550,000 in compensatory damages and $2.4 million in punitive damages.
FedEx appealed. US District Judge Susan Illston cut the $2.45 million to $300,000 under federal caps regulations. However, in mid-June 2010, Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco granted the plaintiff a new trial for punitive damages under California law, which stipulates no cap.
FedEx's Official Stance
The company website presents information in its Careers sections about company dedication to diversity of all types, which suggests a proactive anti-sexual harassment policy and training program. However, lawsuits have continued to arise over sexual harassment and racial discrimination.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd's Resignation
Famous people in public and private sectors have been exposed in the media as having applied possible sexual harassment techniques to other workers. These include Justice Clarence Thomas, the U.S. Navy (Tailhook Conventions), David Letterman, Bill Clinton, and Hewlett-Packard's Mark Hurd.
However, sexual harassment news has extended into the nation's schoolrooms as well, where a number of female teachers have engaged in sex with middle school boys (although male teachers and female students and other combinations have been found and tried).
The 2010 case of sexual harassment allegations in HP was found comparatively quickly, dug out by research into other allegations spanning activities from 2007-2009. Thus, it seems HP may be more proactive in this arena than some other companies.
On August 6, 2010, the Hewlett-Packard CEO and President, Mark Hurd, resigned. The prompt for his resignation was an internal investigation into a charge of sexual harassment against Hurd and HP by a former female contractor.
No sexual harassment was found, but the charge opened up an investigation that found that Mr. Hurd had filed false expense reports related to the woman contractor. Thus, sexual harassment was, so to speak, still punished by proxy through the forced resignation.
These harassment cases often uncover other crimes or ethics violations that are punished, even if the harassment itself is not. This is similar to Al Capone's conviction on tax evasion when his racketeering and other crimes could not be upheld.
Still, HP reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, that Hurd would receive severance package of $12.2 million and retain ability until September 7th to exercise an option to purchase 775,000 Hewlitt-Packard shares.
Hurd would also continue to be covered by HP medical and dental coverage for up to 18 months. Some reports state that Hurd will receive nearly $30 million in severance total.
Is this actual punishment and will it deter further behaviors leading to charges of sexual harassment at HP? This is the question in a number of sexual and other harassment/discrimination cases in America.
Five individuals are already on the docket for consideration for Mr. Hurd's replacement and one of them is a woman, Anne Livermore. She has one of the longest careers with HP (28 years) and the responsibilities of her position as Executive Vice President of an HP "$54 billion enterprise business."
If she receives the CEO job the image of HP may heighten to overshadow the sexual discrimination found with Byrd, but this woman's qualification match those of the four men on the palette of potentials.
Placing a woman in the CEO position without the appropriate background and skills would be a major mistake for HP. Finally, if one of the men is chosen, I feel that HP can justify the decision on solid ground.
Coca-Cola's EEOC Case
- Coca-Cola Bottling pays $35,000 to Settle EEOC Suit
Coca-Cola Bottling Of Mobile to Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Suit
Finding a Proactive Company
Many companies list a dedication to diversity on their websites, but a closer look may reveal weaknesses in complying with all anti-discrimination policies and enforcement of EEO regulations.
In employment interviews, a candidate may ask what type of sexual harassment or diversity training is available at the company for its workers and according to what schedule of administration. This training is best done at the beginning of employment and regularly thereafter according to some schedule as part of ongoing professional development.
Online searches about specific companies may reveal past sexual harassment and other discrimination legal actions. Law libraries may be of help as well. To my knowledge there is not yet a list of most proactive anti-sexual harassment companies.
However, a national registry of harassers and abusers in the workplace is in discussion and has the potential to be misused in retaliation by disgruntled workers. A national directory of proactive bosses might be nice, however.
Use With Caution
- eBossWatch National Sexual Harassment Registry
The eBossWatch National Sexual Harassment Registry will help you avoid bad bosses and hostile workplaces.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2010 Patty Inglish MS
Comments and Experiences
suzanne, 27680 on December 17, 2011:
thumbs up for your great writing..so informative.
Emma from Houston TX on August 15, 2011:
patty Inglish,MS your publication isn't bad but awesome.Sexual harrassment is an individual decision. Coming to our society nowadays is very rampant,in fact is becoming unbearable. I love this article of yours is useful.vote up,useful,awesome,interesting.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 28, 2011:
In addition, movies and TV aften reinforce messages that sexual harrassment is OK, even in broadcasts that are billed as being against sexual harrassment.
AngelaKaelin from New York on February 14, 2011:
Excellent article! Sexual harassment is rampant and, unfortunately, these successfully prosecuted cases represent only a very tiny minority. I had problems from the time I had my first job and it went down hill from there. This is why I have worked most of my life as an independent contractor and why I work from home as a freelance writer now. Also, colleges and universities are a big source of harassment. I solved that problem... I graduated from an all-women's college. Studies show women who attend all-women institutions do much better - probably because you have fewer Profs. failing you for being smarter than them. ;-)
iamageniuster on December 17, 2010:
I've seen a lot of this when I was going through middle and high school. It's terrible.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 15, 2010:
Thanks for the new comments!
Confidential to *Writer* - Are you writing to harass me with tales of mating animals? Wake up or stop playing -
In my former educ. dept., an asst. prof. read mating-animal articles to female workers/students, attempting days afterward to force sexual activity on them. They complained. He was fired. His explanation, "They listened to the articles, they wanted it." The target has the right to define harrassment. The claim would stand up in Ohio, and has. The woman would not, however, be able to continue her work in a dept. that dealt with animal mating routinely; she'd need to go elsewhere, because she'd be hindering the work of the dept. if she insisted such work not be done or discussed near her. EEO would advise on a transfer.
Sranunta Lamduan from Bangkok, Thailand on December 15, 2010:
I have experience in sexual harassment when I worked at KL. That's really bad situation and I could not do anything with my colleagues and my boss who did it too me. It's very bad to my mental health and affected to my work as well. I was harassed by words, pharses and touching, I did not like it. And it should not happen in any work place in the world.
tvpuram from India on December 10, 2010:
Of course, there is another side to this story as some of your readers commented. You cannot rule out blackmail under the umbrella of protectionism. As a matter of fact, there would not be advancement unless the opponent is responsive. So harrassment is not gender based. However, there are habitual offenders they should be sorted out and dealt with.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 09, 2010:
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Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 09, 2010:
An overwhelming amount of sexual harrassment and other sorts of harrassment are ongoing in this country and I am so sorry for all the bad things that happened to some of you! It's inhuman. Maybe authorities will start to listen.
Wayne K. WIlkins from Birmingham, England. on December 09, 2010:
A problem that needs to be fixed to say the least. Quality hub.
Xishan Ansari from Pakistan on December 08, 2010:
thanks it was really very valuable knowledge that you provide i appreciate you are doing good work
Rik Rodriguez from Hawaii on December 08, 2010:
Amazing Hub Patti. I always find your work very stimulating and I relate to many of your topics.
You see alot of Sexual harassment suits against men.
I worked for nurses for 25 years. To say I was discriminated against and sexually harassed is almost a joke.
I had more experience and women were hired for more $$ per hr. than I was. Then I was forced to train them while they were making more money.
At one hospital I was also told if I didn't do certain sexual acts to my boss that I would get the worse assignments.
I really needed the job,we had a 3 month old baby. But I quit that day. And who in the hell would ever believe me.
Even I shake my head is dis belief. Especially because I worked with this women for several years and knew and respected her.
But I have worked in hospitals all over the country and most of them that I have worked at are very similar. And its not always the hospitals that have a good rep for care that are the better places to work.
There are plenty men getting harassed but don't want to come out and say.
thelema9393 from San Diego, CA on December 08, 2010:
This is very interesting, thanks. My boyfriend was raped by his ex-girlfriend a year ago and nobody believed him. Sometimes sexual harassment occurs and nobody does anything about it because it doesn't fit the stereotypes people have.
billrobinson from CA, USA on December 02, 2010:
Many types of harassment around. Sometimes it has to be literally pointed out.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 13, 2010:
I've had a little harassment here and there myself and the first time, I was dumbfounded, thinking, "What behavior is this, are they drunk?"
All the discrimination and harassment against talented people BECAUSE they are talented takes many forms - harassment for age, gender, color, belief, non-belief, politics, height, weight, ADA condition, etc. It has no place in life, so let's get rid of it.
trimar7 from New York on November 13, 2010:
I enjoy reading through the hubs and learning new information from fellow hubbies. I noticed that this hub has a score of 100. One does not need to wonder why. If you are a woman in the work place, you most likely have experienced some form of harrassment from a man. Although I am certain that the spectrum is wide in severity, most of us know exactly why laws halting sexual harrassment had to be implemented. I cannot emphasize enough that one does not need to suffer in silence. It is difficult to go forward against a boss or a colleague but a necessary step in order to make it stop. Most men who are perpetrators do not even know they are doing anything wrong until they are called to task. They truly - yes, even in this day and age - think they are funny or have not crossed lines. It is only because of brave women - and men - that things have gotten better. Do not allow anyone to violate you on any level!
earn_Online_24x7 on November 12, 2010:
Sexual harassment is illegal but what about literature promoting it? Things are sometimes not promoted directly but indirectly too. Literature with long chapters where people get please of sexual harassment should also be banned. One get pleasure reading this literature then thinks to try it.....
jtrader on November 12, 2010:
SJKSJK from delray beach, florida on November 05, 2010:
As always, you do an excellent expose on this subject. Very informative.
vibhavram on November 04, 2010:
Entertaining many sex based websites have to be banned first to make law more strengthener.
jasper420 on October 30, 2010:
thankyou for brining this great article to hub pages you did a good job at explainong this
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 30, 2010:
Thanks for all the comments! I appreciate you all taking the time to read and respond.
NikiiLeeReyes on October 30, 2010:
very very good; outstanding work; very well said!
Esha Putra on October 28, 2010:
this sexual harassment sometimes give a dilematic situation for the victim...
in one side, they want to send the felony behind the bar,
but in the other side, they feel stressed to take questions and pressure from the court...
flinsura on October 28, 2010:
Nice documentary! Thanks for this HUB, Great article, great job...
trimar7 from New York on October 23, 2010:
This is a well needed article. One no longer needs to suffer in silence. Yes, it is difficult to prove; however, speak up. Even if the case is deemed to be inconclusive. You have highlighted the perpetrator with a written record. Should he or she repeat the offense - and they most likely will - the paperwork will follow. Soon that person will be put out of commission. Stay silent and it sends a message to the perpetrator that he or she may continue the behavior.
hitalot on October 15, 2010:
Issues such as this should be addressed abroad
thomaskovac on October 15, 2010:
Sexual harassment is illegal on the whole world (hopefully) and must be penalized hard!
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on October 14, 2010:
I remember Betty White playing a senior citizen that faked an age-discrimination claim in a weekly TV series. I can't recall which one. Her character failed in her attempt. That was good to see.
tylercoop on October 14, 2010:
I don't know why some people feel they have the right to sexually harrass their employees. On the other hand, many people are just looking for a way to make extra money by suing for anything they can.
2010kim on October 14, 2010:
This article is so sad yet but soo true, They obviously have nothing better to do than to intimidate others... They like the power and the control over others. To all the people who have had to go through this just be proud of yourselves, your a million times better than the weasels who try to put others down in any way possible.
Much love Kim Moores
Great Wide Open from The Astral Plane on October 12, 2010:
Earth Angel:) I just wanted to say that I walked into your hub with bias because I was wrongfully accused of sexual harassment several years ago and it was a painful experience. There seemed to be no recourse regardless of what proof I provided my employer. I eventually resigned shortly after my request for a transfer was granted.
However my biased feelings changed when I read about your account with the lawyer and Pam's employer showing up at her house. Wow! Pams' boss is teattering on the brink of being a sex offender and a predator for certain. I enjoyed hearing about how you realy stuck it to that attorney, he not only went over the line but he swerved completely off the damn road! No lady should ever be subjected to that crap. The example set before me by my father and grandfathers was that they loved and appreciated their wives and were not harsh with them. I realy enjoyed your hub, Earth Angel!
Dee on August 22, 2010:
Patty this is one of the best hubs I have ever read. I live in upstate NY and the Westpoint scandal continues to be something that people talk about. It seems like everyone knew and it had been going on for so very long. I have experienced it myself and the advice you give to keep a journal is excellent. It wasn't until my superior, at the time, began harrassing someone else were we able to prove anything. The consequences were so minor it felt like a slap. Also on college campuses student get harrassed and the retaliation by a teacher can be so detrimental they are afraid to speak out. Great piece and I can't wait to read more. Dee
dileepk12345 from Cochin on August 21, 2010:
These sexsual harrassers must be punished.
kazeemjames01 on August 19, 2010:
I don't know if sexual harrassment is legal or illegal in Africa.....possibly illegal, but no law (possibly weak law) to defend and enforce it the illegality.
kingkhan78 on August 16, 2010:
great article thanks for sharing
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 11, 2010:
Why do harassers even have TIME to do this stuff?
Thanks for telling us your experiences, gr82bme. Sorry they happened to you!
gr82bme from USA on August 11, 2010:
I was harrassed at work by a man that hought I should be home with my kids and let some man looking for a job work. Well I had 5 children, I would have been much happier at home with them. I needed to work. He even keyed my car. It was right in front of the security cameras and the guards said they could not find anything. They were men too!
I have big boobs too and I was harrassed and asked by men if thet were real. I started saying, I work with your wife I'll tell her you were asking and to let yopu know, yes they are real. he never asked again. LOL
Mark Monroe from Dover De on August 11, 2010:
Chip from Cold Mountain on August 10, 2010:
I don't mean this as a non sequitur, but I enjoyed Michael Crichton's book, "Disclosure". Can't comment on the movie, but Crichton really did a thorough job of covering the issue of sexual harassment and it's many conundrums.
Nice article Patty!
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 09, 2010:
HEllo, hello --Thanks for reading and comments!
Hello, hello, from London, UK on August 09, 2010:
Gosh, isn't it a horrid world. Thank you all your hard work of research and a well written hub.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 08, 2010:
Earth Angel - Thaks for describing your siutaton and a good ending for your side of the encounters. How horrid in the midst of it, though.
dallas - That's right, I thnk. Indivual rights are important to know in this arerna. thanks much.
Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on August 08, 2010:
Perhaps a step in the process to empower "us" is education in terms of our individual rights. Thanks for another informative, thought provoking hub...
Earth Angel on August 08, 2010:
Blessings to you this morning Lovely Patty!!
I LOVE this wonderful Hub of yours on Sexual Harassment!! Thank you soooooooooo much for sharing!!
I was sexually harassed in the early 1990's by my largest client at the time!! He was a powerful, well known attorney and I was his investment broker!!
It was a clear case, his sexual advances not wanted/invited, he was older and married to a woman I admired greatly! He was very overt with his sexual intentions toward me in our working environment - usually in front of his law partners!! Who were also my clients!! I was very direct in my rebuttal!!
At time, powerful men fueling their egos by trying to give others the impression a single, successful, attractive, professional woman was their side-toy was acceptable behavior!! Actually, in many cases, it still is!!
Years ago Sexual Harassment Laws barely covered 'Employer/Employee' relationships!! There is still a long way to go but progress has been made!!
In California at least, the laws have been extended to include any client/provider business relationship as well!! An example would have been my case: the offending attorney had full knowledge he could have a substantial negative impact on my business finances if he unexpected/unfairly withdrew his account - and he used it as a threat, implied and specific!!
The Sexual Harassment Laws at that time did not cover these circumstances, yet it happens all the time!!
I was not without my own power of protection, of course!! Audio-tapes of voice mails from him, secret video tapes of him in my office making offensive gestures, saving his little 'hand written love/sex notes/invitations,' my secretaries always present for assistance as well as witnesses!!
I even told him he was being taped, both video and audio!! He laughed!! He's the one who had told me that sexual harassment laws do not extend to client/broker relationships!! "Besides,' he retorted jubilently, 'those would never be admissable in a court of law!!"
"Yes," I said calmly, my secretary taking notes the whole time, "you are correct, of course . . . " I paused for a moment, "the eyes of the court are not the eyes I had in mind . . . "
The attorney's confident smile disappeared, his face ashen, the look of horror beginning to creep into his eyes!! "You wouldn't tell my wife," he snorted more like a pronouncement than a question!! The severity of the situation beginning to sink in!!
Like a bull seeing me for the first time as the matador with a red cape!! He turned to my secretary as though she would give him comfort!! After all, isn't that what 'nice little women' do??
"Let's get back to business, shall we??" I said calmly . . . "As you can see by the financial statements I have prepared for you and your wife, your real estate portfolio has increased more than 15% in the last quarter!! This is because I sold ___________________ and acquired ____________ on your behalf . . . " He wasn't hearing a word!!
I wish I could report that he saw the errors of his ways and became a respectful attorney and loving husband to his delightful wife!! It is, to me, a fascinating story but much tooooooooooooooo long to continue!!
The point was/is, Sexual Harassment Laws DO now cover these kinds of circumstances!! There is no need to be a victim; if you think you are being mistreated, stand up and take your power back!!
Thanks again Patty for a wonderful and insightful Hub!! You are just the BEST!!
Now, where's that NO HARASSMENT button!!????
Blessings always, Earth Angel!!
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 08, 2010:
Pamela -- Thanks for sharing your experience. It is certainly disturbing and I am happy that your refusal resulted in a stop to the unwanted attention. One would want among thinking humans, that this could always be the case.
I suppose some men and women either imagine invitational signals from their targets or can't imagine that they would ever be turned down. Others I've seen believe they deserve a positive response or the power-over others they want. Many other reasons exist, probably.
To compound the issue, I know just a slight few people that have concocted false stories of harassment and abuse. I just want ot all to stop, like with a No Harassment button.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 08, 2010:
Patty, This is an excellent hub that you obviously researched very thoroughly. It is sad that there is so much sexual harassment.
I was sexually harassed at my job many years ago before you heard the term. My boss showed up at my house unexpectedly one Saturday morning when he knew my husband was out of town. I let him know I had no interest in a relationship. I told him not to ever come back to my house. That Monday at work we both acted like nothing happened and he was never inappropriate with me again. It didn't occur to me to go to his boss, plus I didn't want to lose my job at that time. Perhaps that is quite minor as compared to some stories but it was upsetting at the time.
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 08, 2010:
Thanks for reading and commenting, valeriebelew and LillyGrillzit -- More harassment and abuse occur than the general public knows or perhaps accepts, but media coverage of cases like those we've discussed here may persuade this nation and others that greater efforts at intervention can be done successfully.
A long line of harasment and abuse is evident in our country and some others; I want to know more about its origin and why this occurred. The men in my father's heritage lived very old and had many children to work farms - my grandfather was pulled out of school at age age to work and help run the fam after his dad died the same year. 12,14,16-hour and longer daya of work from ages 8 - old age helped make him the grouchy, perhaps abusive person his children rather thought, not that they spoke of him much. Working people into the ground does seem to have been a theme from first landing in the New World to the Labor Laws in the early 20th century. But there's much more to it.
I'm not sure harassers are ever cured and perhaps people will share good news with us here.
Lori J Latimer from Central Oregon on August 08, 2010:
Dear Patty, I thank you for writing this Hub. I felt the power of your words and the message. Back in the day, families demanded members "keep dirty secrets", or be ousted from the family circle. I believe this is why sexual harrassment in the workplace was a natural result of people finding careers where they have power over others, and demand secrecy. Thank you for shinning the light on this continuing practice in the workplace.
valeriebelew from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on August 08, 2010:
Digusting, patty, but not surprising. Power does tend to currupt, usually in direct proportion to the amount of power involved. This is not always the case, but is the case often enough to cause me to not be surprised that someone with great talant and ability could fall into this emotional trap. Thanks for the informational hub. (:v
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 07, 2010:
Thanks for reading and commenting. It's disgusting, isn't it?
Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on August 07, 2010:
It saddens me to realise that sexual harrassment is so prevalent. This was great information, Patty. Thank you.
ecoggins from Corona, California on August 07, 2010:
The announcement of Hurd's resignation brings sadness. HP has had scandal after scandal with their CEOs and Hurd had the company going in the right direction. Self-control is such an important part of success; without it many often disqualify themselves from the prize and leave serious obstacles to success.
Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on August 07, 2010:
AS I expected you did a great job of writing on this issue. As you have states the HP case is the latest as with the David Jones case here in Australia. I suspect the issue is much bigger than is written about with power struggles and corrupt parochialism atributed to going along with sexual favours & coertion & therefore corrupting the work environment. Thanks for responding so quickly to my question.