Letter: Sexual harassment isn’t limited to Hollywood; it can also be found in service industry
Hollywood isn’t the only progressive bastion dealing with a crisis of bad behavior. The Service Employees International Union recently suspended executive vice president and Fight for $15 architect Scott Courtney for inappropriate behavior with female employees. Courtney has subsequently resigned.
Courtney allegedly had a pattern of dating subordinates in return for promotions. Like Harvey Weinstein, Courtney’s transgressions were an “open secret” among women who worked with him. And like Weinstein, complaints about Courtney’s wrongdoings were ignored.
The allegations are especially embarrassing for the Service Employees International Union, which claims restaurants should be unionized partially because of supposed pervasive sexual harassment in the workplace. Several union members admitted to the media that the values the union practices are opposite to the ones it preaches.
The Service Employees International Union should get its own house in order before preaching moral superiority to the rest of us.
Senior research analyst, Employment Policies Institute
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