So ex-Everett City Councilman Ron Gipson denies harassing any women, yet admits to “locker room talk.” He just doesn’t get it! (“Former Everett councilman suing sexual harassment accusers,” The Herald, Jan. 22)
If in a workplace that includes women co-workers, you participate in the juvenile behavior of “locker room talk,” you are in fact harassing women. You demonstrate an absolute lack of respect for these women, your co-workers.
Gipson displays and demonstrates the same absolute lack of integrity that our own president does in excusing “just locker room talk.”
After a year-long investigation by outside counsel, according to the article, many of the accusations against Gipson were found credible. The county in its “supportive” manner toward the women, and all women employees, suspended Gipson for 30 days. What the article fails to mention is that Gipson was given regular pay, benefits, plus any overtime he might have earned, during the year-long investigation, for not working. Also his 30-day suspension for his “locker room talk” was recently reduced to a 20-day suspension, with 10 days paid back to him. This is how serious and focused the county, specifically the Superior Court, is in stopping sexual harassment. sic.
Now Gipson is suing these women, his co-workers. Yet when these women demand he stop his sexual harassment, “locker room talk” and other actions, Gipson again attacks them with a lawsuit.
Will the never-ending degradation of women stop?
Will the the disrespect, rudeness and “locker room talk” stop?
Will Gipson realize that his demeaning attitudes and behavior toward women must stop?
Will the County, specifically the Superior Court, protect and stand up for its women employees?
#MeToo! Right here in Snohomish County.