The two sides in Paula Jones' lawsuit against President Clinton disagree over whether new Supreme Court rulings on sexual harassment will have any impact on her case.
Jones' lawyers said Friday's Supreme Court sexual harassment decisions may help revive her case. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright dismissed the suit in April, saying Jones did not prove she had been harmed."The court's decision affirms . . . that regardless of tangible job detriment, sexual harassment in the form of unwelcome advances and either threats or promises of employment action is sufficient for women to receive remedies in a court of law," said Jones' co-counsel, John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, which is paying her legal expenses.
And Jones told the CNBC cable TV network that she was "hoping that this will have a good outcome" for her.
Still, Friday's decisions are unlikely to help Jones' effort to revive her sexual-harassment lawsuit against President Clinton. The two 7-2 rulings said companies always bear responsibility when a supervisor's sexual harassment results in some tangible professional injury such as a firing, a demotion or an undesirable reassignment.
Wright ruled that Jones did not show Clinton ever made a clear threat of retaliation or that the alleged harassment was so pervasive that it created a hostile environment for her.
Clinton lawyer Robert Bennett said the case before the Supreme Court was very different from Jones' case. "The decision does not undercut the persuasive opinion of District Judge Wright throwing out Jones' case," Bennett said.