Reprinted from The Washington Post by Joe Davidson on June 8, 2018.
There’s #MeToo and #NoMore.
Now it’s time for #HowMuch.
The #MeToo and #NoMore movements have heightened the public’s awareness of sexual harassment and the determination of women to fight against domestic violence and sexual assault.
While those efforts have made enormous strides, nothing moves America like money. That raises the question: How much does sexual harassment cost? What is the economic impact to the workplace of men (mostly) who impose their warped notions of sexual superiority on female colleagues?
Harvey Weinstein isn’t available to answer those questions, so a group of Democratic senators asked the Labor Department. It has no answer and is not going to look for one. More on that in a moment.
The senators, led by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, now have turned to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress, to do the research. …