Oct 18: Jennifer Drobac: "The Misappropriation, Embezzlement, Theft, and Waste of Corporate Human and Financial Assets: Sexual Harassment Reconceived

October 06, 2021


Monday, October 18

3:30 - 5:00

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This article suggests how sexual harassment should be treated by companies as a civil misappropriation, embezzlement, conversion, or theft—as well as a civil rights violation. Additionally, some payments associated with sex-based harassment should be considered corporate waste. The misappropriation approach considers not only how sex-based harassment constitutes a civil misappropriation, embezzlement, conversion, or theft, but it also responds to three anticipated objections to sexual harassment as a civil misappropriation: (1) sexual harassment is a minor corporate expense; (2) identification of sexual harassment as civil misappropriation of corporate human assets commodifies targets; and (3) this new concept will change neither corporate responses nor corporate cultures. By making corporations and harassment targets potential allies, instead of adversaries, the reconception of sex-based harassment as a misappropriation of corporate human assets incentivizes new collaborations for social and economic justice.


Dr. Jennifer A. Drobac is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law at the Indiana University (IU) Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She holds her doctoral (J.S.D.) and J.D. degrees from Stanford Law School and Masters and Bachelors (M.A. & B.A.) degrees in History from Stanford University. Dr. Drobac is the recipient of several awards and recognitions for her research and teaching. Among her many other publications, she is author of "Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers: Adolescent Development, Discrimination, and Consent Law" (University of Chicago Press, 2016)

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