Dealing with sexual harassment requires more than simply firing men from their jobs.
With the recent accounts of men sexually harassing female colleagues, staffers and students in the media, government, entertainment and academics, rather than terminating their contracts, maybe having them serve a six-month suspension during which time they would do community service in a homeless or battered women’s shelter, plus a fine, would be a more productive remedy (“Matt Lauer apologizes, NBC looks to move on but questions linger,” Nov. 30).
I don’t think we can fire our way to better behavior in all the areas where we are seeing harassment. Putting more women in charge would also not guarantee a perfect work environment. Policy does need to change, whereby the harasser faces consequences that are meaningful and address the power imbalance.