“The whole world is only about money, nothing else.”
That quote comes from Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, one of the many women who accused former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves not only of sexual harassment but of sexual assault. Moonves stepped down earlier this week after The New Yorker ran a Ronan Farrow detailing the accusations against Moonves.
Farrow, you may recall, won a Pulitzer Prize for his expose of Harvey Weinstein’s horrible sexual behavior.
How do horrible men like this get and stay in power? Their acts weren’t mysterious and unknown. Weinstein had a clause in his contract that said if he “treated someone improperly in violation of the company’s Code of Conduct,” he would only have to pay the legal fees and would otherwise be in the clear. In other words, the board knew exactly what he was doing and they were like, “eh, he makes a lot of money.”
Hopefully, #metoo has brought that to an end. We never should have ignored bad behavior from star earners. And now, it’s time for companies to make it clear: No matter how much money you bring in, you must behave properly at work.
We need revised contracts
Most Americans are “at-will” employees. This means they can quit or be fired for any reason or no reason, as long as that reason isn’t prohibited by law. So, for instance, you can fire someone for spilling spaghetti sauce on her blouse, but you can’t fire someone for their race, gender, pregnancy, etc.
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