Italian prosecutors are investigating claims that Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi paid a 17 year old girl for sex and abused the powers of his office by trying to cover up the liaison. The prime minister is accused of attempting to conceal encounters between himself and a then underage Moroccan dancer known by the stage name Ruby Heartbreak. The prime minister’s lawyers quickly denied the allegations. While the age of sexual consent in Italy is 14, it is a crime to aid or exploit the prostitution of someone younger than 18. The investigation was the latest scandal for the 74 year old leader, who has faced accusations of bribery, tax fraud and sexual improprieties. Read More.
Berlusconi is an international leader who must face accusations of sexual improprieties. In the United States, the law is outlined specifically to prevent these types of violations from occurring. For example, issues of sexual harassment are governed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As well as by state-level sexual harassment statutes which prohibit sexual harassment to and provide victims with a means to pursue justice.
Sexual harassment can occur in one of two ways:
Employers that foster or allow these conditions to continue can be found liable for the conduct of the offending employees. For more information, see: https://www.lmblaw.com/new-york/sexual-harassment.php
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