Sexual harassment in the workplace has a long history in many industries. However, the last several years have seen significant gains in public support for those who report sexual harassment in the workplace, and the longstanding notion that powerful people are immune to sexual harassment charges is beginning to give way. Recently, one of the most powerful political pundits of all time was forced out of his very successful television show following a number of harassment claims against him.
While many of the charges remain unresolved or disputed, it is worth nothing that the parent company over the pundit’s television program has already paid out millions of dollars in out-of-court settlements related to harassment claims by former colleagues. Many individuals in the news industry believe that the number of allegations and the great expense of the many settlements ultimately influenced the parent company to cut ties with the pundit, despite the fact that his program is one of the highest rated shows currently airing.
If you believe that you have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace, there is no need to ignore it or feel that you should not come forward. Even if the harassment is at the hands of a very powerful individual in your company, the laws that govern workplace harassment do not and should not exclude individuals who are powerful.
Those who suffer workplace harassment, especially sexual harassment, should always consult with an attorney to review their legal options. Remember — sexual harassment in the workplace is always illegal, and should not be tolerated. If you have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace, do not hesitate to reach out an experienced attorney who can help defend your rights.
Source: Variety, “Fox News Fires Bill O’Reilly Amid Sexual Harassment Storm,” Brian Steinberg, April 19, 2017