November 08, 2017

Anita Hill, one of the first women to publicly accuse a powerful man of sexual harassment, criticized President Donald Trump, saying his language “makes an attempt to normalize predatory behavior.”

Corporate leaders can learn an important lesson from Trump’s dismissal of accusations of sexual harassment, Hill said Wednesday at Bloomberg’s “Year Ahead” conference in New York. “If you have an individual – whether it’s a president of the United States or somebody in your organization – who feels entitled to do whatever they want to whomever they want, because they’re in that position of power, then that is your red flag.”

Companies need be able to identify and quash that behavior, she went on: “It won’t just begin and end with sexual harassment. It will be all kinds of behavior. It can be bullying. It can be other forms of discrimination – racial discrimination, homophobia – in the workplace."

The full article and a video clip of the interview can be accessed here.

Anita Hill is Of Counsel with the Civil Rights & Employment practice at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and a professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University.