Office Crimes

In a matter of hours, a new vocabulary of laws and risks and expectations entered the language of the factory floor and the tower suite

Last week America set about smashing china and moving furniture around in the household of its public morality, with the knowledge that before it was all over no one would know where to find anything anymore. Conversation became suddenly careful; the pinups were peeled off the wall. The issue of sexual harassment -- what it is, why it happens, who's to blame -- was a fascinating topic to obsess upon as a nation, wonder about in private, argue about in public. It was also a long, bruising week of bumping into issues that many of us didn't know were there.

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