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Hannity talks about a hostile work environment: His own?

For Sean Hannity’s sake, let’s hope that no one on his staff brings a harassment complaint in the near future. Because if they do, they’ll have some handy video at hand.

In a chat with Ann Coulter on the Herman Cain stuff, the Fox News Channel star talks about the evidentiary threshold for sexual harassment/hostile workplace claims. That’s where the conversation drifted into some shop talk . . . some legal-exposure-creating shop talk. Editorial comments in brackets:

Coulter: Comments overheard — not even directed at a woman in a workplace — has been used as grounds for sexual harassment. [Thank God!]
Hannity: Do you realize as friends the conversations and the things we joke about on a regular basis? What you always say about me, ‘I am your’ — don’t say it. [Yes, please don’t say it.] But you know, when you say that, do you realize in any work environment, we would both...
Coulter: No, it’s absolutely true. [That’s two sources on the work environment at Hannity]
Hannity: These people are humorless. [“Just kidding”? Haven’t heard that before in a harassment case.] And I’m not saying real sexual harassment doesn’t occur. That’s not it.

Coulter: But they don’t care about real sexual harassment, as we know from Bill Clinton...

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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