Sunday October 15, 2017
Is sexual harassment still too common in the workplace?
The cover's off a Hollywood mogul who long used his powerful position to hit on women. Many wonder why nobody spoke out. Is such behaviour still too common in the workplace?
More from this episode:
- Even bosses can be sexually harassed — one woman's story about the power of speaking up
- 'I was confused, I was enraged, I was disgusted': Canadian newcomer recalls workplace harassment
- A tsunami of emotions: sexual harassment at work
It's known as casting couch culture. A long and ugly tradition of Hollywood heavyweights who promise young female actors a role in exchange for sex — a storyline as old as the oldest Hollywood plot.
But in the past week, the real-life stories of female actors about their horrifying encounters with one powerful mogul in Tinseltown just keep coming.
Over 30 women, including major stars like Angelina Jolie and Gwenyth Paltrow, have now come forward saying they were sexually harassed — or assaulted — by movie producer Harvey Weinstein. He has apologized in vague terms about his behaviour but denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.
The allegations haven't stopped though. More and more details pour forth, disturbing and repugnant. And it's ignited a storm online, with women sharing their own stories of sexual harassment and calling out colleagues who've turned a blind eye.
Many wonder why nobody spoke out. What do you think? Do you have a Harvey Weinstein in your office? Is such behaviour — and systems of harassment and belittlement and bullying — still too common in workplaces across Canada? How much is corporate hierarchy and toxic masculinity to blame? How can companies build better policies to deal with sexual harassment?
Charlene Senn, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies Program at the University of Windsor
Howard Levitt, a labour lawyer and author of "The Law of Dismissal for Human Resources Professionals"
Karen Busby, Professor of Law at the University of Manitoba, and Academic Director of the Centre for Human Rights Research
Lindsay Lyster, a lawyer at Moore Edgar Lyster Law Firm in Vancouver, and president of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association
- As scope of Weinstein conduct widens, questions arise: who knew what and when?
- Harvey Weinstein allegations open floodgates for harassment stories
- Did Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie seal Harvey Weinstein's fate?
- Hypocritical scumbags like Harvey Weinstein come in all political stripes: Robyn Urback
- Hollywood exec Harvey Weinstein to take leave following sexual harassment report
- Weinstein's statement
The Globe and Mail
- Everybody awed by entertainment is an enabler of Harvey Weinstein, by John Doyle
- Weinstein accused of raping three women; Jolie, Paltrow say he harassed them
- Harvey Weinstein was coercive, manipulative and menacing but he wasn't a sex addict: experts
- And the Oscar for moral hypocrisy goes to ... Hollywood! by Rex Murphy
The New York Times
The New Yorker