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Is Sexual Harassment a Severe Crime... or Not?

Is Sexual Harassment a Severe Crime... or Not?

Eve Tahmincioglu |

August 10, 2010

The CEO of Hewlett Packard, Mark Hurd, got fired last week following an investigation into sexual harassment claims made by a former contractor, Jodie Fisher.

After the probe into the allegations, the company found Hurd had not violated HP’s sexual harassment policy but he did monkey around with $20,000 of company funds.

Now Fisher, who was also a reality show contestant, is saying: “I was surprised and saddened that Mark lost his job over this.”

Sources have said Hurd and Fisher settled the harassment matter but few details were disclosed.

So I’m missing something. They settled the matter. She didn’t want him fired. Well, why the heck not? If a guy is harassing you sexually, so much so that you write a letter to company officials, then why would she want him going after other women? Or was it all about the money?

Sexual harassment is a serious problem for many women and even men who have to endure it. It can undermine employees, lead to dismissal or demotions, create a hostile work environment, favoritism, and it can cause emotional distress.

And sexual harassment is illegal.

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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