The CEO of a Los Angeles based clothing company is in some hot, sexy water with yet another sexual harassment lawsuit being slapped on him. The style of his popular clothing brand could be described as "vag-couture", the ad campaigns have been called borderline pornographic and exploitative of young women and the hiring practices decree that only waifish, strung-out models need apply.
No one should have to put up with a boss being a disgusting perv, but if you work at a skeezy bar, a strip club, or a store that is literally trying to cram sex down everyones throats, are you really that surprised when your boss turns out to be a total wanker?
Sexual harassment on the job is a power play that is used by people who are in charge. Because they are in charge and sign your paychecks, men and women can often feel helpless when it comes to knowing where to draw the line with inappropriate behavior being doled out from the boss. Or, some people just don't care at all or maybe even encourage it as a power play on their part. This enables the CEO to keep up their lewd behavior.
Countless times I have dealt with the owner of a bar I worked at telling me and all of the other twenty-somethings how good we looked on any given day while he pulled you in for a creepy hug or gave you a shoulder massage and peered down your shirt. Inappropriate? Yeah. Worth freaking out over when you could clear $300 in a night? Not really. I knew that this job was for the summer and fall and then I was out of there. It was a place packed to the rafters with drunks and drama and without HR, you just learn to fend for yourself and ignore all of the gross behavior.
Corporate America has it's own set of rules and lasciviousness. You have to attend a seminar about sexual harassment in the workplace and take a test that proves you know to keep your hands on your keyboard and off Dale from accounting's junk. The videos they show you only seem to give people better and sneakier ideas for copping feels during a long eight hour shift. It's boring at these jobs and people are probably left to let their imagination run wild while they're pretending to work on a report. It's no better under the glaring, fluorescent lights of 9-5 than it is in a rowdy bar. There are just as many problems, just different approaches to getting away with bad behavior while you try to climb that corporate ladder.
The acting and modeling world has it's own set of gross unspoken rules that always includes horror stories about a casting couch and "wanting the job badly enough."
And the blogging world, don't EVEN get me started.
Sexual harassment lines are blurred at the job when both people are into it and getting what they want. Then when someone is snubbed, fired, or didn't get the job, they sound the alarm.
Do I feel sorry that this girl allegedly had to endure the inappropriate sexual gestures of a bonafide creep when she went to his home for an 'interview?' Kind of but not really. He's a well documented borderline sex-offender that has such a crappy reputation I won't set foot in his stores. All I can say is make sure you're making well more than a retail wage of $9/ hr. before you put up with the CEO supposedly jerking it over the phone. Save up a nice little lump sum before you decide you've had "enough" of the bawdy boss and then take him or her to the cleaners–the good, old-fashioned American way.
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