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The Sexual Harassment We Don’t Talk About

She arrives at the meeting to present a report that she’s worked on for months. Within minutes he’s at her side, telling her she looks gorgeous today. He sits next to her and leans in close. She wants to change seats, but he is her boss, in charge of her compensation and career advancement; last time she rebuffed him he responded with profanity. When she checks her work email that evening, her heart sinks: he’s asked her yet again to go out for a drink.

The #MeToo movement has rightly focused on the physical intimidations and assaults that women have encountered in the workplace. Yet there are other forms of harassment on the job that involve little or no physical touch, like the scenario above, that can cause women emotional and psychological distress and damage to their careers.
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