Timothy Mapes Harassment Scandal (LINK)
Does the #MeToo movement still matter? Haven’t we talked about this enough? Surely everyone knows and understands how unacceptable sexual harassment in the workplace is by now!
If you’re like many Americans, you’ve heard these questions. Maybe you’ve even asked them yourselves! Harvey Weinstein is facing charges for sexual harassment and assault. Al Franken was forced to resign! There’s only one, not two, US presidents facing allegations of sexual assault (Bye Kevin Spacey!). Surely this means we’ve made progress!
Well, if you’re wondering if the #MeToo movement is still relevant, just look at the news coming out of Illinois. Timothy Mapes, ex-chief of staff to IL political powerhouse Mike Madigan, is out of a job after a sexual harassment scandal and all he has left to his name is a $130,000 buy-out and a $134,000 lifetime pension. Hard luck for him but you’ve got to pay the piper, friend-o. In fact, if the charges are proven in court (and when has a case of sexual harassment against a powerful politician ever failed?!), he could face a hefty $5,000 maximum fine. Talk about consequences!
No one could look at this case and think that they could get away with similar behavior. It’s nice to know we are finally starting to hold these powerful abusers accountable.