This week, NBC star Matt Lauer became the most recent man to fall amid sexual harassment allegations, which ranged from castigating a woman for not having sex with him after he dropped his pants in the office to sending women sex toys.
Yvette Vega, an executive producer with Charlie Rose since 1991, knew for decades about her boss’ crude behavior – which, according to allegations, include his walking around naked in front of young women who worked with him, and late night sexual fantasy calls.
Another recent fail for women involves a not-as-famous but still powerful man, Mike Oreskes, who was recently forced to resign from his post as NPR’s senior vice president of news after two women accused him of unwanted sexual contact.
Silence like theirs ensures continued inequality of women in the workplace and puts women in danger.
According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “Anyw from 25% to 85% of women report having experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.” That’s a huge range, but even looking at 25% means 1 in 4 working women experience harassment.
T have been times when I’ve reported sexual harassment for myself, or other women and men, but I didn’t demand the harasser be terminated.