Disclosure by Michael Crichton

His wife is a lawyer and the rich couple stands to become even richer because Digicom is in the process of a merger with a New York publishing conglomerate. This merger has become feasible largely due to the development of a superior software product that is Sanders’ brainchild – Arcamax, which is a stand-alone CD –Rom player that works at the twice the speed of available commercial products, enhancing the vision of a digital future featuring sophisticated CD environments with phenomenal storage capacity and an interactive database environment. Saunders welcomes the merger and envisions a promotion to Vice President of the company as well as lucrative stock options when his division goes public. But the promotion goes to a woman instead – Meredith Johnson, an aggressive corporate type. The justification provided is to improve the representation of women. Saunders agrees to a meeting alone with Johnson, only to discover that his new boss is more interested in rekindling their affair rather than in business. When he refuses to succumb to her aggressive advances, she turns around and accuses him of sexual harassment and Saunders’ “punishment” for this is that he is to be transferred to a division which he is secretly aware of will be sold off soon. Saunders decides to fight back by suing her for sexual harassment and in the process of vindicating himself, also successfully reveals what a manipulative woman Johnson is and how ill-suited to carry out the responsibilities of the position she has been promoted to.
One of the most significant issues raised in the film is that of sexual harassment. In a recent study on sexual harassment in the U.S. federal workplace that was conducted by Newman, Jackson and Baker (2003), the impact of several variables such as sex, education, marital status, pay grade and job type on sexual harassment were explored and the authors concluded that young, single or divorced female.