Hewlett Packard Sexual Harassment Scandal
This paper takes a look into the sexual harassment case at Hewlett Packard (HP). Mark Hurd was the CEO at Hewlett Packard and he was accused of sexually harassing Jodie Fischer who was hired as an event coordinator for Executives at Hewlett Packard. The allegations surrounding the sexual harassment caused Mark Hurd to resign from his position on August 6, 2010.
Hewlett Packard, which goes by the name HP, is an informational technology corporation that was founded by Stanford University classmates Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in a garage in Palo Alto, CA. in 1939. (HP.com) HP is now one of the world’s largest technology companies and is operating in nearly every country across the world.
HP markets its products to households, small to medium sized businesses and enterprises directly as well as via online distribution, consumer electronics and office supply retailers, software partners and major technology vendors. One of HP’s first customers was Walt Disney Studios, which purchased eight oscillators to develop and test an innovative sound system for the movie Fantasia. Hewlett Packard serves more than 1 billion customers in more than 170 countries on six continents. HP is a very successful company with over 320,000 employees worldwide. HP’s 2010 Fortune 500 ranking was number 11.
Although HP is a very successful company with a very impressive resume, in August of 2010 their CEO Mark Hurd made a tough decision to resign due to sexual harassment accusations that were brought against him by Jodie Fischer, an event coordinator that was hired by the company to assist Executives.
Sexual Harassment is defined by the EEOC as unwelcome sexual advances in the work environment. (Denisi/Griffin, 2012) If the conduct is indeed unwelcome and occurs with sufficient frequency to create an abusive work environment, the employer is responsible for changing the environment by warning, reprimanding, or perhaps...