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Sexual Harassment

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Lawmakers gave the governor extraordinary powers last March, but with the sexual harassment and nursing home scandals well underway, Democrats this week agreed to take back some of the historic authority.

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Tagliabue issued fines totaling $72,500 to the Patriots and three players in November 1990 for their role in a sexual-harassment charge by Boston Herald reporter Lisa Olson. Victor Kiam, the team owner at the time, said "he could not disagree with the players' actions," and he thought female reporters were intruding in the locker room. Olson settled her sexual harassment lawsuit against the Patriots, Kiam and several team employees in 1992. Kiam apologized to Olson after a women's group urged a boycott of his Remington company's products.

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