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When is it a good time for a woman to report harassment?

Gretchen Carlson claims she was a victim of sexual harassment by Roger Ailes. She made the claim after her contract was not renewed. Many question the timing but what should she have done? If she made the claim while onboard she would have been subject to dismissal. What would have been the ideal time to make the allegations? Many of Ailes Fox colleagues have come to his defense, but that simply means he did not approach them that does not mean he did not approach Carlson. Women who worked with him years ago have shared stories of sexual harassment. It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds. People were quick to believe the women who spoke against Bill Cosby decades it will be interesting to see if these women are viewed as believable as the Cosby accusers.

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ESPN Fired Harold Reynolds for Sexual Harassment, but Steve Philips Gets a Suspension…Is This Fair?

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Steve Phillips has admitted to having an affair with a 22 year old production assistant. Phillips is married and the young lady did not take the break up very well. Police have become involved because of the young lady’s erratic behavior. Phillips has requested a leave of absence and he was granted one. ESPN was not as understanding in 2006 when then analyst Harold Reynolds (pictured above) was accused of sexual harassment. He was accused of giving an employee an improper hug and he was immediately fired. There had been no formal inquiry Reynolds had worked for the network for 11 years and he was simply erased, but Phillips is allowed to take some time off while they make a decision regarding his fate. Why aren’t they simply firing Phillips and calling it a day? What is the difference in these two situations?  One thing I did not mention is Phillips is white.