Thursday, August 07, 2008

Nyet Doesn't Always Work

Russia appears to be a few decades behind America on sexual harassment law...
The unnamed executive, a 22-year-old from St Petersburg, had been hoping to become only the third woman in Russia's history to bring a successful sexual harassment action against a male employer.

She alleged she had been locked out of her office after she refused to have intimate relations with her 47-year-old boss.

"He always demanded that female workers signalled to him with their eyes that they desperately wanted to be laid on the boardroom table as soon as he gave the word," she earlier told the court. "I didn't realise at first that he wasn't speaking metaphorically."

The judge said he threw out the case not through lack of evidence but because the employer had acted gallantly rather than criminally.

"If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children," the judge ruled.
Empirically, the last statement is stupid. Legally, it's asinine. And as a moral matter, it's revolting.

With that being said, perhaps we can send Mike Gravel to harass the judge.


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