Last week, I let you know about a so-called "National Sexual Harassment Registry" that was both inaccurate and misnamed. That post received a lot of publicity, including a link this morning from the influential Overlawyered blog.
Earlier this morning, the folks over at eBossWatch, who have compiled the "Registry", took down some of the links I had highlighted in my earlier post, without explanation. Moreover, they revised their descriptions and posted new information about the sexual harassment registry.
If one were being polite, you could say that they listened to the criticisms. If you’re a cynic, you could say that they got caught and are now trying to cover up their tracks, particularly since there is no accompanying explanation as to the reasons for the change.
With the update, no longer is one of the purposes of the registry — at least in one area of the site – to "help people avoid sexual harassers" (see cached version). And though it says that it was inspired by the National Sex Offender Registry, it still highlights the main difference between this registry and the government’s one — "[N]ot all of the people listed in the eBosswatch registry have been found by a jury to have committed sexual harassment."
And there you have it, a "registry" of allegations. This "registry" is nothing more that a meager list of some people accused of sexual harassment with no real attempt at completeness, fairness or accuracy.
(At least, after my earlier post, the site had the grace to remove Steve Paulus from the registry and post an update about the case on its site; a jury had absolved him of sexual harassment allegations.)
For employers and employees, there are simply better, more accurate places to find information than this site.