Montini: Will Arizona lawmaker suffer for making a harassment claim?

Thursday, 09 November 2017, 08:40:29 AM. State Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita is worried that her claim that another lawmaker sexually harassed her will draw retaliation. Should she be?
EJ Montini: State Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita is worried that her claim that another lawmaker sexually harassed her will draw retaliation. Should she be? Republican State Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita is wrong, politically, about just about everything, but she’s right to come forward with her allegations of sexual harassment against Republican lawmaker Don Shooter. She says she brought her concerns to the legislative leadership and got no satisfaction. She now has gone public. Good for her. These things are never sorted out behind closed doors. They are only covered up. If there is a concern, an accusation, get it out in the open and have it properly investigated. That hasn’t happened much. And we know why.   It has to do with how we react. Ugenti-Rita is worried about retaliation. And why shouldn’t she be? The Harvey Weinstein horror has brought forth many other stories about sexual harassment – in all fields. It has spurred action from women who have remained silent because they know we’ll react suspiciously, even with condemnation. And they know how their colleagues or bosses will react. "I'm worried about retaliation,” Ugenti-Rita told Dennis Welch of 3TV and CBS 5. “I'm worried about ... you know ... it's an uncomfortable spot. You don't want to be thought of differently. You don't want to be pointed at or whispered about." Ugenti-Rita described several instances.   "There was an incident where he came to my office during the day and asked about my chest," she said. "At a...Read more
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