The Unjust Consequences of Reporting Sexual Harassment

January 24, 2018

Katz Banks Kumin partner Debra Katz was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article, “When #MeToo Becomes Catch-22,” about the unjust and often damaging aftermath of victims reporting sexual harassment.

While men across all industries have been taken down by allegations of sexual harassment, the women who were victimized often suffer similarly damaging consequences.

Sexual harassment impacts victims on a very personal level. “Sexual harassment is such a profound assault to a woman’s sense of dignity,” says Ms. Katz.

A trauma psychologist quoted in the article explains that for many victims, “their self-esteem has been shattered.”

In addition to the emotional and physical toll that victims endure, careers are routinely stalled or derailed because of the aftermath of a sexual harassment settlement. Confidentiality clauses can complicate job hunts, and even though employers are often also bound to silence, blackballing does occur in certain industries.

Despite the struggles and downside victims face, the woman profiled in the article still believes that the upside of fighting against sexual harassment outweighs the potential damaging consequences.

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