Sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Of course, the key word in that sentence is unwelcome. If people are engaging in a sexually charged conversation, it isn’t necessarily sexual harassment. The people might actually enjoy that kind of activity. Sexual harassment really is in the eye of the beholder, but when in a working environment, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Workplace Sexual Harassment Statistics
Let’s go over some statistics concerning sexual harassment in the workplace. This study was conducted by aware.org (Association of Women for Action and Research). With 500 people and 92 companies involved, here’s what they discovered:
- 54% had experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace
- 79% of the victims were women
- 21% of the victims were men
- 12% were threatened with termination if they didn’t give into the demands of their sexual harassers
These statistics are kind of frightening. Here it is, 2015. Sexual harassment has been at the forefront of conversation for decades. Have times not yet changed?
With advanced technology, such as smart phones, aren’t the perpetrators worried of getting caught? Sexual harassment can very easily be proven these days just by having the evidence recorded on one of today’s cell phones. It can even be shared onto social media for all to see. With powerful tools like smart phones and social media, it’s quite surprising how high the percentage of workplace sexual harassment victims really is.
Extreme Workplace Sexual Harassment
There’s been an extreme case of sexual harassment in the workplace on the news of late. This bizarre story is out of the state of Minnesota. A man, John R. Lind, had been ejaculating into the coffee cup of a coworker for a period over 6 months. The victim, Pat Maahs, thought the whole time that she was just drinking “spoiled coffee.” This was until she actually caught him in the act. Watch the actual news report below.
As you can tell from the video, this is a pretty sick story. Obviously, this is an extreme case of workplace sexual harassment. Apparently, Minnesota didn’t have any laws prohibiting this disturbing behavior at the time. So the 34 year old John R. Lind got off (literally and figuratively.)
In Sioux City, Iowa, the city is paying out one of its employees $300,000. The reason for this payout is due to a settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit involving another city employee. Brittany Scott filed a lawsuit saying that she was sexually harassed by the City Manager, Paul Eckert. She says that she spoke out about the sexual harassment, only to feel the wrath of her superior, Paul Eckert. One such result was being passed up for promotions.
The city reached an out of court settlement with Brittany Scott. You might be wondering about Paul Eckert. What punishment did he receive? Well, he left his position in Sioux City and accepted a City Manager job in Mount Shasta, California. Paul Eckert didn’t have to answer to the sexual harassment allegations but now the taxpayers are going to pay for it instead.
The network CBS is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit. Former CBS employee Kenneth Lombardi is suing the network for sexual harassment. He’s claiming that he was “repeatedly drunkenly groped and kissed by powerful men at the network.” One of these men is Albert Colley. Albert Colley is the director for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.
Kenneth Lombardi says he’s so distraught from the workplace sexual harassment that he’s having symptoms of PTSD. Here are some of the things that Lombardi is claiming Albert Colley did. He had Lombardi meet him at a gay bar. He questioned Lombardi on what his sexual orientation was. When Lombardi told Albert Colley that he was bisexual, Colley told him there’s no such thing and was actually completely gay. Colley forced him to drink while rubbing his thighs. Colley texted him porn links and asked what he thought about them.
Kenneth Lombardi is also accusing Duane Tollison, a producer at the time for CBS Radio, of sexual harassment. He says at a CBS holiday party, Tollison slid his hand down Lombardi’s pant and grabbed his genitals. Collision then began kissing Lombardi and trying to force himself on Lombardi. These are the workplace sexual harassment claims that Kenneth Lombardi says took place.
CBS is strongly denying these allegations. They have said that while they take allegations of workplace misconduct seriously, they believe Mr. Lombardi’s claims are without merit. CBS intends to defend this lawsuit.
Also In Episode 32
A revenge porn king gets sentenced to 18 years in prison. Kevin Christopher Bollaert owned and operated a website where men could upload sexually explicit pictures and videos of their former partners. This explicit media was directly linked to the victims’ real names and Facebook accounts. Kevin Christopher would have these victims pay him $250 to $300 in order to remove the revenge porn from the site. He made about $30,000 doing this. He was charged with 6 counts of extortion and 21 counts of identity theft. Kevin Christopher Bollaert was found guilty and sentenced to 18 years in prison.
A Las Vegas man kills himself after a casino revoked his lifetime free buffet pass. On Easter Sunday, 53 year old John Noble committed suicide by shooting himself in the head outside the M Resort Casino. Before killing himself, he set his own car on fire in the parking garage. The night before John Noble killed himself, he sent a box of stuff to a local news paper. One item was a suicide note. In the note, he says he suffered from depression because employees at the M Resort had given him a lifetime pass to free food at the buffet in 2010 but later took it away and banned him from the resort completely. According to Yelp, the M Resort buffet is regarded as one of the best in the Vegas area.
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