Harassment knows no boundaries. Unfortunately, it occurs in workplaces of any shape and size and can be effectuated by persons in positions of every variety and in every industry. Even a quick look at the story reported in today’s News Journal makes this very clear.
According to the story, a partner at a prestigious law firm in Indianapolis became seemingly obsessed with a female intern, who was later hired as an associate. The associate filed suit based on the partner’s conduct, which, if to be believed, is outrageous, bordering on horrifying.
Some of the conduct alleged includes that the partner sent an email to the law firm, pretending to be the firm’s managing partner, claiming that the associate had acted in pornographic movies and suggesting that she had been awarded her job at the firm as a result of performing sexual favors. The email also included a video clip of a young woman dancing topless-the video was not the female associate. The email was one incident in a string of similar aggressions by the partner.
As a result of the conduct, the Indiana Supreme Court suspended the partner’s law license for at least three years.
If true, this story is a sad example of the equal-opportunity nature of harassment in the workplace.