Sexual Harrassment Cases-Glad We Live in the USA
This unbelievable article should make all of us feel fortunate that we live in the United States. Even our increasingly restrictive tort system would never permit a result such as this.
A 22-year old woman from St Petersburg, was trying to become only the third woman in Russia's history to conclude a successful sexual harassment suit against her male employer.
She argued that she had been locked out of her office after refusing to have sex with her 47-year-old boss.
The judge said he threw out the case, not for lack of evidence, but because he felt that the employer had acted gallantly. "If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children," the judge ruled.
Apparently, sexual harassment in Russia was an accepted part of life in the work place, under Soviet rule, and little has changed in post-Soviet Russia. Obviously, the country has a long way to go on issues of equality of the sexes and a harassment-free workplace. So does the good old U S of A, but, compared to at least one country, we are light years ahead.
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