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A long, long way to go

Bill Coffin | November 6, 2017

I was only a few years out of college when I was involved in a sexual harassment case. A former colleague of mine, fired for insubordination and incompetence, filed a sexual harassment charge against my supervisor in what I felt was a baseless claim. I was asked to testify as a witness during the arbitration that followed. That process made a deep impact upon me as a professional, and as a manager. Very seldom, in the years since, have I had to address allegations of potential misconduct. But the moment I hear of such things, the brakes squeal and the situation goes on the front burner. The various codes of conduct I have worked under all required it. My duties as a manager require it. My conscience requires it.

This is why I watch the ongoing cascade of sexual harassment allegations in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal with a mixture of disgust, bewilderment, and satisfaction. Disgust, that so many can abuse their power so openly, and that victims have had so little... To get the full story, subscribe now.