Originally Posted by Francis Daignault
Now the press's big deal is sexual abuse. It is as though there was never any abuse until recently. Sometimes I think some old girl friend from 61 years ago is going to charge me with putting my hand on her knee.
I witnessed at least a couple of episodes of 'sex in the workplace' over the years.
One boss used to complain to our secretary that his pregnant wife had no interest in sex. And that he was ready to go. She tried to limit the chance she'd be alone with him. The 'dirty old man Jokes' were part of our daily conversations. Another boss used to shack up with a much younger single woman. They were always out on the same days. The whole department knew. The guys poor wife had no idea, even to this day. Surreal when she came in during the holidays with the kids all dressed up. When we'd go out for a celebration dinner or something the perv used to play a game, he'd ask each employee who in the office they'd like to sleep with. The hope was always that the subject would change before too many of us had to answer. Bad idea to tell the boss he had no class. And maybe worse if down the road i became the big boss and it was reported in the press that 'John said he'd like to sleep with so and so.'
But in the day nobody was going to complain to HR for fear they'd suddenly find some other reason to fire you.
The press is only skimming the surface. Very pervasive and complex topic. I rarely see a newspaper writer willing to invest the time to get into the details.
It takes a new meaning as I see my daughter now entering the workforce and realizing she might have to deal with this.