Sexual Harassment for the 1990s

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The 9-5 Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment
Bravo and Cassedy

In 1991, Anita Hill testified that she was sexually harassed by Clarence Thomas at his confirmation hearing. In my opinion, this was when sexual harassment became a mainstream discussion topic. I also remember watching the hearings on television. Fast forward to the mid 1990s, and the Monica Lewinsky scandal during the Clinton administration. Keep fast forwarding and you can add Robert Packwood, Mark Foley, Newt Gingrich, Gary Condit, Anthony Weiner, Mario Batali, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Roger Ailes, etc. You get the picture.

Even if it feels like nothing has changed, this book is outdated and needs an update. When the advice is to either seek legal counsel or file a complaint with a human resources department or a union, this doesn’t work for many working women. Nearly half of all employed people work for what is called a small business. These businesses usually have one manager/owner and no human resources department. Legal counsel is usually not within the reach of most women. A book like this is probably necessary, but it would be nice if it would include all employees.


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  1. IIRC, “Ally McBeal” started when she had to leave her job due to sexual harassment, so that’s how she ended up with her wacky legal pals. That was the 90’s, right?

    This is great for 1992, but outdated now. I bet the hotline isn’t even around any more.

    Whoa — the movie “9 to 5” came out in 1980! Way ahead of its time.

    1. You’re right. From their website:

      The 9to5 Job Survival Helpline has closed

      We’re sorry to report that the 9to5 Job Survival Helpline has been suspended. If you are facing a workplace issue involving sick leave, family and medical leave, pregnancy discrimination or accommodations, fair scheduling or equal pay, please call the organization A Better Balance at their hotline 1-833-633-3222. If you are facing sexual harassment or other workplace discrimination, you can contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC, which is a federal agency, by calling 1-800-669-4000.

    2. And now I’m going to spend the rest of the evening with Dolly Parton singing 9 to 5 stuck in my head!

  2. Where I live last year rewrote parts of the law and the legal standard of what workplace sexual harassment is, is not now what it is. Please replace when removing.

    1. I think I understand what FlowCoef is trying to say, but if she’d try to rewrite it, it would be clearer. Try it ? Thanks.

  3. Not disagreeing, but I just watched the PBS Independent Lens documentary “9to5: The Story of a Movement” and this book was one of their publications. I had known the movie and the song 9to5, but the organization was instrumental to getting us to current perspectives on sexual harassment and this book was part of it. I recommend the documentary!

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