Monday, August 18th — Sexual Harassment in Russia

August 18, 2008

Today I Learned…

…that apparently only two women have won sexual harassment cases in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union, and judges like this one (change.org) are probably a good part of the reason why.

A female advertising executive from St. Petersburg recently sued her employer for sexual harassment and lost — the “judge” “ruled” that sexual advances in the workplace were necessary for the continuation of the human race.  “If we had no sexual harassment, we would have no children,” said the “jurist”.

One hundred percent of those women polled in a recent Russian survey reported that they had been sexually harassed by their superiors at work, 32 percent said that they had intercourse with their boss, and 7 percent reported rape.

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