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Women of California politics come out about sexual harassment

Recent revelations of criminal sexual behavior in the entertainment industry have sparked a wave of testimony from women of all walks of life. Recently, 140 women of California politics have penned a letter stating that they are taking a stand against sexual harassment in government. A news story released by NPR gives more details. 

The NPR story shares that the women drafted a letter to say that they were not going to tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace, and they issued a call to other women to do the same. The letter also asked for the support of men in speaking out against inappropriate sexual behavior such as harassment, unwanted touching and sexual comments. It asked that men speak out against this type of behavior and not sweep the actions of others under the rug. 

The women approached at least 500 other women initially, but they reported that some were reluctant to sign the document for fear of retaliation. They say the incidents of the inappropriate behavior are so commonplace that it would be useless to identify the worst offenders because this type of harassment is so pervasive in the culture. Individuals who signed the letter ranged in political affiliation and political sector. 

The women's letter will hopefully be a boon for the movement to change the climate of pervasive sexual harassment. In California, it is illegal to discriminate against a person based on sex or gender, and harassment is not allowed. Any individual who has experienced harassment on the job may wish to contact a lawyer for help with resolving the case. 

Source: NPR, "'Enough': California's Women In Politics Call Out Sexual Harassment : NPR", Marisa Lagos and Scott Shafer, Oct. 18, 2017

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