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In BSO case, what constitutes harassment?

Katherine Needleman, the principal oboist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, has filed a sexual harassment complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against BSO concertmaster Jonathan Carney. (Ulysses Muñoz / Baltimore Sun video)

If a man asks a woman to have sex and she refuses and he accepts the refusal, that is not sexual harassment. If I had been there when the "battered broad" comment was made, I would have laughed (“‘Unprofessional and distasteful’: Details of Baltimore Symphony’s sexual harassment investigation test its image,” Sept. 21). I would not have considered it to be sexual harassment but someone trying to be funny.

Although I believe real sexual harassment should be dealt with very seriously, in some cases these days some people are going much too far in trying to be included in the #MeToo movement and, in doing so, can ruin a person's life and reputation.

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Ethel Braverman, Baltimore

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