The Politics of Exploiting Sexual Harassment Claims

Katz, Marshall & Banks partner Debra Katz was quoted in a New York Times article titled, “Partisans, Wielding Money, Begin Seeking to Exploit Harassment Claims.” The piece details how partisans on the left and right are using the heightened public sensitivity to sexual harassment to fund victims’ legal efforts, and bring down longtime political rivals.

Examples of such efforts include high-profile women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred’s attempt to raise money to fund a lawsuit against President Trump for a woman who claims he sexually assaulted her. And on the flip side, right wing personality Mike Cernovich offered $10,000 for details of any congressional sexual harassment settlement.

While the attorneys and operatives claim that they are simply uncovering truth, many see a problem with such an obviously partisan approach, and the use of money to attract sources.

“There is a danger in this environment that unsophisticated individuals who have been abused by powerful people could be exploited by groups seeking partisan advantage, or by lawyers seeking a moment in the limelight,” explains Ms. Katz.

Some lawyers and activists fear that political motivations behind sexual harassment claims could damage the movement currently exposing sexual misconduct in almost every industry.

Read the full article here.