After Roger Ailes, the former head of FOX news was forced to resign amid sexual harassment claims last summer, it's been a domino effect of high profile men who've fallen from grace for everything from lewd text messages to assault.
All of those accusations spawned the powerful “Me Too” movement, giving women the courage to come forward with their own experiences. But I spoke with a woman who had to courage to speak out, way before it was safe to do so. She ended up losing her career and some of her friends.
"When you see all of these high-profile men being accused of sexual harassment or sexual assault, what do you think?" I asked Devon Mendvetz.
"I feel bad because I did the same thing. I feel bad that it takes these women so long to come forward," she said.
For Devon, it took five years of being harassed, she said, nearly every day, before she had the courage to say something.
She claims a colleague said things that were so vile and demeaning about her. I can't even repeat them here.
It happened towards the end of her fourteen year career as a Transport Coordinator with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, of all places.
"It's hard to tell another male who is higher above you, ‘hey this guy is...you know,” she said.
She only came forward after she told her story to other colleagues, and found out he had allegedly been harassing them as well. But they wouldn't speak out, she said as she wiped away tears.
"Everybody that wanted to help ended up telling me they couldn't because they were afraid for their jobs, and they needed to raise their kids and their families which I understand."
Problem is, she says not even Human Resources was willing to help.
"They just dragged their feet. One time they actually said to me, that their hands were tied because they were doing benefits," says Devon.
Five months later, after she claims HR did nothing...she quit her job. She's now brought a case before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, after describing her meeting with a man in the County’s HR department,
"He said something along the lines of protecting the worker and his reputation. What about my reputation? I was there longer than he was. That was my career. I don't have a career now."
The Sheriff’s Department says it received Mrs. Medvetz's complaint in September of 2016 and the man was disciplined in December. It added that sexual harassment is not tolerated in any way in its department.
Their timeline differs from the account we received in the documents filed with the EEOC. And any discipline that did occur, happened after Ms. Medvetz filed a complaint with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.