Sexual Harrassment Issues in the Workplace

Julie Roginsky, President of Comprehensive Communications Group, and Joanna Gagis, Host of “Life and Living,” sit down with Steve Adubato to discuss the sexual harassment issues occurring in and out of the workplace.

1/20/18 #125






"We're pleased to be joined by Julie Roginsky, President of Comprehensive Communications Group, and our own colleague, Joanna Gagis, host of Life & Living on NJTV and FiOS. I want to thank both of you for joining us to discuss a very serious topic. You know, I was framing this in my mind, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, what is going on as we tape this program during the holidays of 2017, how bad is the situation? And has it been this bad that long? Loaded question I know. And then what the heck do we need to do? Well I think women have known how long it's been bad, and it has been bad, I think for... I don't want to speak for all women, but I speak for a lot of them when I say that women, I think, have been aware of this issue for a long time. I think it's interesting that it's now just coming to the fore, although it's not the first iteration. When I first came up in politics in 1993, we had the Anita Hill hearings. Clarence Thomas? Clarence Thomas hearings, and obviously that was a huge bellwether and a huge driving force for a lot of women to get involved in politics. And then the issue kind of went away. And now it's back and really in full force. And I really hope it's not gonna take another 20-25 years for people to focus on what I think is a very serious issue. You know, you have faced this? You have faced this? Yes. You posted something on Facebook about it in connection with the MeToo movement, you cannot talk about certain aspects? Yes. Which we totally understand. Right. But Joanna, when you posted that, I remember reading it, and I just went into Facebook, and I said, "Wait? That's our Joanna posting about your experiences and you've been a victim." Why did you do that? I did that because there needs to be a sense of solidarity among women, and if I know that I've experienced something, and I'm not using my platform, using my voice, to not only join in the conversation, make others realize that it's that widespread, that it is people you know, it's people in your family, people you work with, but also because this conversation needs to continue. This can't be a flash in the pan when Harvey Weinstein... that when the Harvey Weinstein drama dies down, that this goes away. And actually on a national level, I think so many women have chimed into the conversation that we are seeing that this does have legs. Unfortunately. Julie, do you think there really is a genuine opportunity to make a real difference right..."