USA Today: Sexual harassment went unchecked for decades as payouts silenced accusers
USA Today positions the recent and highly visible firings as exceptions to the decades’ long rule that sexual harassment accusations went unchecked and unpunished, and discusses what has changed.
“For decades, women found that this (harassing) behavior often was the price of coming to work, it was entrenched, with high performers getting a free pass,” says Noreen Farrell, executive director of Equal Rights Advocates, a San Francisco-based legal support organization that focuses on women’s issues.
The sheer volume of new incidents of sexual harassment cropping up daily could well lead to a signal change in attitudes. But more importantly, advocates say the corporate trappings protecting male predatory behavior must be dismantled.”Everything is on the table in a way that it was never before,” says Farrell of Equal Rights Advocates. “It’s certainly a moment to seize, but it won’t happen on its own.”
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