BAD BOSSES: Some of the most famous sexual harassment cases.
Think your boss is bad? Here are some of the most infamous cases of bad behavior at work.
Jenson vs. Eveleth Taconite Co., First Class Action Sexual Harassment Case in the US
The movie “North Country” depicts this 1975 Case which proved, Numbers really do matter. Jenson was one of the first female employees of Evelth Taconite Company and found herself persecuted for it by coworkers and managers who believed women belonged at home.
The website Sexual Harassment Support claims fear kept them silent for a long time even through horrible and degrading abuse and even stalking.
Jenson filed her suit in 1984 thought it would take years before an attorney would agree to take on the mining giant case forward. Eveleth finally settled the case in 1998, paying out a $3.5 million.
Anita Hill vs. Clarence Thomas
The country was stunned by this 1991 case when law professor, Anita filed her very public complaint accusing would-be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Clarence Thomas of Sexual Harassment.
Hill’s courage in the face of such a formidable figure has inspired many women to stand up and shed much needed light on the abuse in their offices.
The Navy “Gauntlet”
Not long after the dust settled on the Thomas hearings the nation was hit with Paula Puopolo’s suit against the U.S. Navy. Following the Tailhook convention she attended in Las Vegas, Puopolo basically blamed for the humiliation she was subjected to as 200 drunk Naval aviators shoved her from hand to hand down a long hallway down a long hallway groping and fondling her and then throwing her to the ground when the finished at the other end.
Dick Cheney chastised HER for making the story public saying, quote, “Because of you I have to fire the Secretary of the Navy.” Then, Rear Admiral, Jack Snyder was forced out as a result of this gross neglect of power, conduct and criminal sexual harassment.
Puopolo was told several times “it will be handled”, but nothing was done to stop this ongoing abuse of women in the Navy until she had the guts to speak out publicly.
The Senator Bob Packwood Case
So wide spread this one had its own page on the NOW website (The National Organization for Women). The women’s advocate group dedicated this section to Senator Packwood’s harassment of dozens of campaign workers. He was finally forced to resignation in 1995 after the abuses stacked up.
The Chair of the Ethics Committee at the time was quoted at a press conference saying, “No work-place in America ought to tolerate the kind of offensive, degrading sexual misconduct that the Ethics Committee finds Senator Packwood to be guilty of. And it certainly cannot be tolerated in the United States Senate either.”
NEW LAWS for this year broaden the scope of Sexual Harassment laws open the door to more cases of this kind.