The specialty insurer Hiscox has just released its 2018 workplace harassment study, and it found that 35 percent of U.S. employees have experienced workplace harassment. That number rises to 41 percent among women. Of those who said they had experienced harassment, half said it was because of their gender. Moreover, 78 percent said they had been harassed by a male, and 73 percent said their harasser had been someone in a senior position.
Fox News has been making some changes since the sexual harassment scandals that roiled the company last year. Chairman Roger Ailes and host Bill O'Reilly were forced out after lawsuits and reports revealed that they had sexually harassed women and then silenced their accusers with confidential settlement agreements. The network was ultimately revealed to harbor a culture where Ailes was free to harass young women and sexual harassment was tolerated overall. Both men were ousted.
It has been 50 years since the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- and longer still since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 promised to end to workplace discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion or sex. While it is certain that the situation has improved for many people of color in America, we still have a long way to go.