The Harassment Tax.

The Harassment Tax.

In a recent article in Science about the National Academies developing a procedure to expel sexual harassers, Dr. Robert Weinberg was quoted as saying, “Before there is a mad rush to approve such an ejection procedure, it might be useful to ask whether sexual harassment by a member has anything whatsoever to do with their credibility as a scientist and the soundness of their research accomplishments—the criteria that were used to elect them in the first place.” When scientists reach these milestones by imposing costs on others through falsification, harassment, or other means they are externalizing costs onto the rest of the field. We shouldn’t honor that.