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The world as a hostile workplace: Harassment from Hollywood to Ho Chi Minh

17 11 12

LAST week, the Academy Award-winning producer Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to police in New York City to be arraigned on charges of rape and criminal sexual assault. He is also the subject of ongoing criminal investigations in Los Angeles and London based on claims of sexual harassment, intimidation and violence made by dozens of women.

Certainly, the many credible allegations against Weinstein helped raise awareness about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the US, with more than half of working women saying they have been subjected to harassment in the workplace.

The trajectory of his spectacular fall from the Hollywood constellation triggered the ouster of many other high-profile media figures and politicians accused of misconduct, and helped build a more cohesive movement to improve laws and corporate policies against harassment.

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But timing is everything, and many in the US have wondered whether the last presidential election would have ended differently had it been held just six months later, as the boys-will-be-boys shrug which greeted allegations of harassment by Donald Trump is no longer viewed by the public as an adequate response to reports of misconduct.

On the same day Weinstein was arraigned, however, an important report about sexual harassment was released to little fanfare. Gender based violence in the Walmart garment supply chain details the experiences........

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