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Say What? National Organization For Women on Letterman


"As 'the boss,' he is responsible for setting the tone for his entire workplace — and he did that with sex. In any work environment, this places all employees —including employees who happen to be women — in an awkward, confusing and demoralizing situation."


— Terry O'Neill for the National Organization for Women reminding people that David Letterman's admitted affairs with female staffers over the years, although described as consensual, occurred in the workplace and constitute what many people would consider an abuse of power by an employer toward his employees. Because men who are bosses decide who to hire, fire, advance, and give raises to, "consent" is made between two people who are not equals. Letterman has since apologized to viewers, to his entire staff over the years, and to his wife, Regina Lasko, but O'Neill wants people to remember this happens every day in workplaces all over the country. If you'd like to hear what she thinks CBS should do to fix this "toxic" situation,

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lawdawg08 lawdawg08 7 years
This comment from NOW, as a number of their comments made prior to this, is so off base its not even funny. I honestly don't know why they don't hire some intelligent attorneys to read and filter their statements before they make them public. They think that the ivy league educated women at CBS cant honestly think for themselves...its so offensive.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
What about the women he DIDN'T have sex with? Did they get all of the same opportunities as the women he clearly preferred? I don't have problems with office relationships, unless there is a clause in your employment agreement before beginning work that states they are forbidden. Technically, unless these women signed something saying intra-office romances were a no-go then they are fine... just maybe looked down upon a bit by the rest of us :/ I have to agree with doogirl here, women need to take responsibility too... not jut play victim in every situation.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
What about the women he DIDN'T have sex with? Did they get all of the same opportunities as the women he clearly preferred? I don't have problems with office relationships, unless there is a clause in your employment agreement before beginning work that states they are forbidden. Technically, unless these women signed something saying intra-office romances were a no-go then they are fine... just maybe looked down upon a bit by the rest of us :/I have to agree with doogirl here, women need to take responsibility too... not jut play victim in every situation.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
I disagree with this. Seriously? So what if he slept with women on his staff? They all had the right to say no, and if he had made them do something that they didn't want to do, all they had to do was go to the press! If women want to be treated equally, and we all do, we have to take responsibility for our own actions!
weffie weffie 7 years
Haha sorry to make light, but from the post's title I thought someone actually started an organization for women who are or who have been, like, ON Letterman :P
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Submission doesn't equal consent. This is really similar to last week's Mad Men, where Pete forced himself on his neighbor's au pair. She didn't fight, she didn't scream no, but by the way she was acting, and the fact that she was so distraught that her boss came to talk to Pete about the situation, proved it was an unequal, unbalanced situation.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Submission doesn't equal consent. This is really similar to last week's Mad Men, where Pete forced himself on his neighbor's au pair. She didn't fight, she didn't scream no, but by the way she was acting, and the fact that she was so distraught that her boss came to talk to Pete about the situation, proved it was an unequal, unbalanced situation.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
In this case I agree with them too.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I agree with NOW.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I agree with NOW.
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