Commentary, Sexual Harassment Allegations - Office Crime Wave or Feminist Power Ploys?

by Placerville Newswire / Dec 10, 2017 / comments

[Dan Dellinger. Img: Al Franken Resigning]

   As an innocent survivor of a high profile bad faith prosecution intended to destroy my reputation and put me out of business, I am shocked and saddened by the seeming automatic assumption of guilt of accused persons during today’s national wave of sexual harassment accusations, rather than our customary presumption of innocence until proven guilty. While each accusation is unique and should be judged on its own merits, there appears to be a pattern developing with many sexual harassment stories in the news. First, all parties involved are highly competitive, success-driven personalities trying to climb the career ladder in their professional field. Second, the accused men are in power positions with a history of “mentoring” younger women. Third, the accused men are in the normal retirement age range. Fourth, the accusing women are younger and cannot advance within their company or organization until the men occupying the top spots are gone. Which should make us all wonder, are we facing an office crime wave or feminist power plays?

   Adding to the complexity of the sexual harassment issue is simply defining it.  Just what constitutes inappropriate behavior?  To some folks the sexual harassment line is drawn after an inter-office dating request is refused, to others that line is crossed whenever they are offended by any statement or action by any coworker they deem inappropriate.  Compounding the problem, our legal standard now varies as to the case by case beliefs of individual juries.  If we as a society cannot agree on a definition of behavior constituting sexual harassment, how can we develop fair and equitable remedies to compensate victims and deter perpetrators?  

   Missing from our public discussion is what to do about restoring the reputations and compensating the victims of false sexual harassment allegations.  We live in a society that is predisposed to believe women over men.  In addition, radical feminist groups often try to politicize sexual harassment allegations by advocating that sexual harassment is a form of rape in order to advance their political agenda of replacing men in power with fellow feminists.  So with the scales of public opinion tilted against every man charged with sexual impropriety, how do we protect the reputations of falsely accused innocent men and compensate them from the professional and economic damage caused by malicious accusations?

   Finally, we need to consider how lawyers like Gloria Allred have turned challenging behavioral impropriety into a multi-billion dollar industry.  Just what could be so offensive to earn an employee like Liz Wiehl her reported $32 million settlement with Fox News?  I suspect many folks would line up to suffer her kind of harassment for that kind of money. Learning from other social experiments, like prohibition a Century ago, we should be debating whether the extreme cost of using government coercion (laws, regulations and courts) to control office behavior is worth the social benefit.  We should be asking the net benefit question - is the current cost of trying to sterilize our workplaces and public discourse of anything sexually offensive to anyone outweighing the benefit of the social policy change to our society?  

   Perhaps there is a cheaper, fairer, and more effective way to solve the sexual harassment problem then government coercion.  A better alternative, letting the men in the family quietly and discreetly fix the problem with the accused harasser, worked for centuries.  How about reforming our legal system to EXEMPT fathers, brothers, and husbands from assault and battery laws while defending the honor of family sexual harassment victims so they can settle things man-to-man with sexual bullies?

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Dan Dellinger is a government relations and political consultant based in El Dorado County who earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics and Business Management from the University of California – Davis. Dan can be reached at dandellinger@infostation.com