Archive for the 'sexual harassment' Category

Careers disrupted

November 5, 2011

I was reading the comment written by Marie Burns in response to Charles Blow’s column about Herman Cain, and my first thought was to extend her my sympathy for having been harassed at work and fired for having complained about it.  Besides the personal and professional negative consequences to her, however, it then occurred to me, are the negative consequences to us in the audience it has probably had, because I’m thinking about what her trajectory might have been professionally had her career not have been distorted by that episode.  I don’t actually know what Marie Burns’s career has been, maybe it was the better for her having been fired, maybe there was some other greater good that came out of her having experienced what she did, and I don’t as a rule advocate indulging in the “woulda, coulda, shoulda’s,” but reading her comment made me wonder whether we all have been disadvantaged by not having had the relationship to her obvious talents that we could have had.