HUD sexual harassment
common, report alleges
WASHINGTON (UPI) — Female workers in the Department of Housing and Urban Development face
widespread sexual harassment by their superiors, according to an unofficial survey released Friday.
The survey found in many cases "the approach is
head-on, and threats of reprisal for failure to 'put out' is
tbe preferred supervisory technique."
Many of tbe women submitted to their superior's sexual demands in exchange for job advancement, a report
on the survey said.
The poll was conducted by Al Ripskis, a HUD official
and one of Its most persistent internal critics. Ripskis
published his findings in "Impact," his private
Rep. James Hanley, D-N.Y., chairman of the House
Civil Service Committee, announced Friday his investigations subcommittee would conduct an investigation
toto Ripskis' findings.
Ripskis said he received 63 written responses and 103
telephoned responses to his questionnaire into sexual
harassment at HUD.
Ripskis said his survey found nearly U percent of the
solicitations came from women seeking lesbian relationships with a co-worker.
The survey, be sakl, "turned up 63 women respondents who have been subjected to coercion or enticement
by their boss or by a fellow employee."
"Typically the greatest target of pressure for sexual
submission" is lower-paid female workers, he said,
"whose immediate male boss indirectly (but not necessarily in a subtle manner) promises her quickened career advancement in exchange for going to bed with
Of those women who responded to the survey, be
said, three out of 10 "give in or cooperate."
"Of those who cooperate, 80 percent say making love
with tbe boss paid off," he said.
Of those who resisted the advances of their bosses, he
found, 93 percent reported they have been frozen in
their job level or have been given sharply reduced performance ratings "as a result of not shacking up with
"Many — some SO percent — reported that they
began getting crummy assignments and dirty work to
perform," after they spurned sexual advances.
"The men were persistent," Ripskis said. "In 37 percent of tbe -eases the coercion was of a continuous nature, or was repeated several times in 18 percent of the
He said "bosses farther up the supervisory hierarchy
were responsible for some 25 percent of the sexual harassment and were generally seen as constituting really
'heavy' pressure, because of die impressive power they
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Germany (AP) — About
1,000 American and
conveged on this central
German city Monday to
seek ways to fight
them. The week long rally
will be anxiously watched
by city authorities.
"As far as
homosexuality goes. West
You know it's gonna be a bad day when: 1) you wake up,
face down on the pavement. 2) You call Suicide Prevention
and they put you on hold. 3) You see a '60 Minutes' news
team watting in your office. 4) Your birthday cake collapses
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turn on die news and they're displaying emergency routes .
out of your city. 7) Your twin sister forgets your birthday. 8)
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goes off accidentally, and remains stuck as you follow a group
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Elizabeth Taylor leaves tbe
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Washington. She was in England
to attend the funeral for her sec-
* ond husband, Michael Wilding.
An organization made
up of homosexual groups
Germany sponsored the
"We want to be
together for a week,
and help gays gain more
_ said. He emphasized that
Germany is a'veryliberai the mass rally has no set
country in tbe legal sense, program and no firm
but tone remains the suns,
discrimination by society Hens said the last such
of homosexuals in many international meeting
walks of ate," Ceroid was m Edinburgh
Hens, spokesman for the Scotland, in 1973. "But all
organizers, tdd The we had planned to do then
Associated Press during a fizzled out and just a tew
telephone conversation. personal relationships
"Gays are still being remained," he said,
mugged in public places,
they sometimes Unfortunately, our
experience difficulties in invitations for Frankfurt
finding a place to live or went out mainly aimed at
to find jobs," Hens said, male homosexuals, but
Be .also charged that we hope that females will
police beep files on also respond and
homosexuals, "though participate. Hens replied
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