given himself a skunk spot
- Jul 18, 2005
It could absolutely have been a consensual relationship that resulted in sexual harassment or any number of other employment type violations. A relationship between a boss and a subordinate is not, per se, a non-consensual relationship. It's not even necessarily sexual harassment; it's a scenario that creates a HIGH RISK of sexual harassment or other violations taking place, which is why employers need to have a policy that prohibits it. Bill and Melinda Gates famously met when Bill was her boss; that was not sexual harassment.Clearly, ESPN and others in the media are overplaying the "consensual" angle. At the same time, viewers would infer "non-consensual" to mean "rape", which is not at all close to what happened here (or Ime would have been fired immediately). And ESPN cannot easily say "harassment", as nobody has come out and specifically said the relationship was workplace harassment, even if it almost certainly was.
But, yes, ESPN could do better to highlight the "multiple violations" every time they say "consensual".
But you're right: nobody has alleged any harassment claims yet, and if there were, I'd have to believe they would have fired him outright because the blowback (internally and externally) of not having a zero-tolerance policy for substantiated sexual harassment against a subordinate would be too much for ownership to bear.
Reading the tea-leaves, I'm guess that there isn't a sexual harassment claim here. I'm guessing Ime's (consensual) shitty conduct with female staffers created a rotten work environment for multiple employees that finally got to the level where the Celtics were facing genuine and substantiated Respectful Workplace Policy violation complaints from and against numerous individuals, and it got too loud to ignore, likely because Ime was at the center of it. That, in addition to a violation of a Celtics policy not to have relationships with co-workers/subordinates, are the "multiple policy" violations that Ime is being suspended for.