Inside Opinion

What's on the minds of Tacoma News Tribune editorial writers

NOTICE: Inside Opinion has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Inside Opinion.
Visit the new section.

Sexual harassment: The vice that won’t quit

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on March 16, 2010 at 6:41 pm with 1 Comment »
March 16, 2010 6:41 pm

Fans of Mad Men know that what we call sexual harassment used to be kind of OK with a lot of people. That was, what, 50 years ago? The world has changed.

Supervisors who’ve forced their attentions on subordinates, or just grossed them out one time too many, have been fired, shamed, sued, exiled, denied promotions – their misbehavior often emblazoned in headlines, reported on television and recorded for all eternity by the Internet.

Now the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber stands to lose $1.18 million after two former employees persuaded a jury that they’d been harassed by one of its managers. (Memo to boss: It’s not OK to pat the help on the butt, even if you’re a female and he’s a male.)

Why, oh why, have managers (not to mention one notable ex-president and other holders of high office) kept on doing it? I’m tempted to conclude that human alpha males (lately, alpha females too) are hardwired to feel some sense of sexual entitlement to the underlings. All the more reason to penalize the fools.

Caught my eye
Leave a comment Comments → 1
  1. TacomaBorn says:

    Thank you Mr. O’Callahan

    You are correct – sexual harassment was excepted 50 years ago. In today’s business world is is unexceptable and against the law! Smart business managers are well aware of this law. It is discusting to know this illegal behavior went on for so many years at the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber.

We welcome comments. Please keep them civil, short and to the point. ALL CAPS, spam, obscene, profane, abusive and off topic comments will be deleted. Repeat offenders will be blocked. Thanks for taking part and abiding by these simple rules.

JavaScript is required to post comments.

Follow the comments on this post with RSS 2.0