Trying to avoid sexual harassment in the workplace? Here's some easy advice: Don't act like the president.
That's the message human resources staffers at 21st Century Fox recently started doling out to employees. Tape of President Donald Trump saying he would grab women "by the pussy" before appearing on an Access Hollywood segment in 2005 made its way into training presentations on behavior to avoid at work, according to a story in The Hollywood Reporter.
The presentations have incorporated the audio and footage of Trump for the past few months, THR said. The HR team reportedly outlines what happened on the tape, where Trump brags to Billy Bush about how his fame allows him to grab women without their consent. Trump specifically talks about how he planned to kiss Access Hollywood's Arianne Zucker and comments about her appearance, which the HR reps explain is sexual harassment and should be reported.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 8, 2017
This presentation would be strange enough for a giant corporation, but consider who works for 21st Century Fox and it gets downright absurd. The conglomerate, of course, owns Fox News Channel. The same Fox News Channel whose hosts have defended Trump's words time and again, including in reference to this tape.
Oh, yeah, and, The New York Times confirmed recently that Fox News' Bill O'Reilly settled sexual harassment suits from at least five women for at least $13 million. Trump said he shouldn't have settled!
“I don’t think Bill did anything wrong," Trump told the New York Times.
Fox News' Roger Ailes also left the network amid a swirl of sexual harassment claims.
According to THR, a human resources representative joked to 21st Century Fox staffers that the department "handled all of Fox except Fox News."
Maybe they should get in there and take a crack at it, no?