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WORK-LIFE BALANCE / MAY. 21, 2015
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The Worst Workplace Sex Scandals in History

Sex has always been a big thing in business and politics. There are numerous stories of high-level public officials and corporate executives having affairs, sleeping with strippers and exchanging favors for sex. Whether it’s on Wall Street or at the White House, promiscuity is quite common in society.

Over the years, there have been some well-documented cases of sexual scandals that have ruined businesses, destroyed families and applied blemishes on the careers of presidents, senators and congressmen. From embezzling funds to give to strippers to influencing public policy with sex, it seems sex is just as seductive as cash.

According to various investigative reports and in-depth books on the subject, sex scandals still remain prevalent in our public and private institutions. However, many people are apathetic towards these headlines nowadays because it’s just so common.

Here are five of the worst workplace sex scandals in history:

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1. Insider Trading for a Stripper

James McDermott was the Chief Executive Officer at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods when he gave an exotic dancer some insider information rather than just paying her for her services. Both McDermott and the adult film star made quite a killing with this information. However, she served three months in prison while he was prohibited from working in investment management ever again.

2. President Cleveland Rapes a Store Clerk

When it comes to ranking past presidents, a lot of historians rank President Grover Cleveland high on their list of best Commanders-in-Chief. However, he had a thirst for sex, particularly for a retail store clerk named Maria Halpin. Cleveland was very attracted to her. He took her out for dinner, walked her home, and committed date rape. It was later revealed that she became pregnant, and when the child was born, Cleveland forcibly removed the child – Oscar Folsom Cleveland – from his mother’s care and tossed her into a lunatic asylum.

3. Sex Acts for Black Belts

It’s every child’s dream to earn a black belt in the field of karate. It takes hard work, dedication and energy to earn it. However, one instructor, Robert Earle Keith thought it would be a prudent idea to make the students perform sexual acts in order to garner the black belts. Keith told the students they had to have sex so they can join a secret society and please their master.

4. Bureaucrats Accept Sex as Gifts

It was recently reported that between 2002 and 2006, Interior Department workers in the Denver office participate in a number of dubious practices because they received "gifts" in the energy industry. It was revealed in an Interior’s inspector general report that the gifts were parties, sex, drugs, and ski and golf trips from those the department did business with.

5. Middle School Principal Rapes Students

Last year, David Ellis Edwards, a former North Carolina middle school principal, was accused of sexually assaulting a student in his office while the boy’s parent was just outside the office. Authorities charge that Edwards had molested at least three boys – ages 11 to 14 – from 2009 to 2011. Police believe there may have been more sexual abuse victims.

Dishonorable Mentions

  • President Obama’s Secret Service had a sex orgy during a South American trip.
  • President Lyndon Baines Johnson claimed he’s had more affairs than Kennedy.
  • Dresdner Kleinwort settled for $1.2 billion after a trial revealed male employees asked their female colleagues to leave the office as the men brought clients to strip clubs and had stripper parties at the office.
  • Paul Eustace, a Canadian hedge fund manager, admitted to having an affair with a stripper and used client funds to buy his mistress things, including a breast augmentation.
  • New York governor Eliot Spitzer resigned shortly after it was discovered he was a client on a long list of high-end clients for a Washington-based escort service.

There you have it. There are, indeed, hundreds, or thousands, of sex scandals that have plagued corporations, governments, schools and other establishments in history. With the ubiquity of social media and cameras at every single corner, it would seem that they would cease. Unfortunately, they’ll only persist.

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