Some of the most horrifying sexual harassment cases in Minnesota involve hostile work environments. Unlike cases where an individual supervisor or co-worker is harassing an individual employee, hostile work environment cases involve a culture of harassment where supervisors tolerate or even join in with harassing one or more employees.
A lawmaker in another state was recently investigated for alleged sexual harassment of female staffers over a period of several years. Investigators released a report that accused him of a pervasive pattern of abuse, including the groping and harassing of at least eight female employees. But activists claimed the report didn't go far enough. Specifically, they called for investigators to look into allegations that other lawmakers were engaged in inappropriate relationships with top aides or were sexually harassing staffers. If true, these allegations could show an atmosphere of sexual harassment through much of the legislature.