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That’s inappropriate! What the HP sexual harassment case shows about touchy office-place relationships

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Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd was encouraged to resign last week after it surfaced that he had tried to enter a relationship with an HP contractor and part-time actress, Jodie Fisher. HP says Hurd didn't violate their sexual harassment policy, and Fisher acknowledges they never entered into an affair or sexual relationship, but the scandal still shows how seriously sexual harassment can be dealt with. Even flirtation in the workplace can have drastic consequences in this day and age. So, why is the issue taken so seriously now and how can you protect yourself from that creeper in the bordering cubicle?


Martha West, Professor of Law Emerita at the UC Davis School of Law

Abigal Saguy, author of "What is Sexual Harassment? From Capitol Hill to the Sorbonne" and Professor of Sociology at UCLA