Herman Cain allegations put sexual harassment back in spotlight

Allegations of sexual harassment against Republican presidential contender Herman Cain are raising awareness about the issue, which many women say they are still struggling with.

FRANKLIN SQUARE - Allegations of sexual harassment against Republican presidential contender Herman Cain are raising awareness about the issue, which many women say they are still struggling with. Terry DePalo, of Franklin Square, worked as a secretary in New York City in the 1960s and 70s, a time when she says workplace behavior was often inappropriate and sexual innuendo was common.While many Long Islanders believe sexual harassment is not as common today as 30 or 40 years ago, some say women are still regularly subjected to it. Attorney Jeffrey Brown says there are two kinds of sexual harassment: a sexual proposition in exchange for compensation, or unwelcome comments that create a hostile work environment. "I believe at least 95 percent of sexual harassment claims do not get reported out of fear of retaliation," Brown says.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The high winds expected with the nor'easter could 1 South Shore communities prep for nor'easter
The head of the Nassau chapter of Planned 2 LI Planned Parenthood chief voices concerns on administation
A teenager was attacked in a park Sunday 3 Police: Teen attacked at Huntington Station park
Officials in the Town of Brookhaven say they 4 Brookhaven moves to crack down on dangerous dogs
Police say three men were rescued when their 5 3 rescued when boat capsizes off Mount Sinai

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE