Much of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal seems like a classic workplace harassment case, albeit one writ very large.
It may end up being more than that, though allegations of criminal assault against the former CBC Radio host by women he dated remain unproven.
But when you strip away Ghomeshi’s celebrity status and his admitted sexual proclivities, this looks a lot like the kind of abuse many women face in every workplace from men in powerful positions, abuse which many feel reluctant to report. As we’re learning, there are systemic problems that can often to leads to these situations.
Ghomeshi, for those who’ve been somewhere without a decent Internet connection the last couple of weeks, was fired from his high-profile job as host of Q, CBC Radio’s flagship arts program. He claimed he was let go because the public broadcaster determined his sexual activities weren’t compatible with its standards.
Ghomeshi responded with a $55-million lawsuit and a lengthy defence on Facebook of his sexRead More »from Ghomeshi scandal demonstrates how power and celebrity are prime tools of harassment