Young and the Restless spoilers show Summer Newman (Hunter King) repeatedly makes sexual advances to Billy Abbott (Jason Thompson). Do her behaviors reach the level of sexual harassment? Since they work together, is she crossing lines? If their positions were reversed, this could be a #MeToo story for sure.
Summer Newman’s Outrageous Behavior with Billy Abbott
It is difficult to count the number of times Summer Newman made a pass at Billy Abbott on The Young and the Restless. Spoilers say she touched him without permission and kissed him without consent. He has clearly said NO on every occasion. Still Summer hounds him at every turn. From an elevator encounter to a hallway ambush, Y&R spoilers show that Billy cannot escape her advances. It sure sounds like sexual harassment.
On The Young and the Restless, spoilers indicate Summer Newman walks around their shared apartment in only a towel. She also loves to lie on the couch in a negligee. She even stripped down to her bra when Billy spilled coffee on her top. Summer boldly stood next to Billy Abbott in only her bra without batting an eye. Any of these incidences is outrageous but combined, it sure seems to reach the level of harassment.
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Young and the Restless Spoilers Ask: Who Has The Power?
When people think of harassment, they often envision a man making unwanted advances toward a woman. However, the opposite is often the case. While Billy is the CEO of Jabot, Summer is technically an employee of Fenmore’s. Billy is not Summer’s boss. In fact, now that Nick Newman’s (Joshua Morrow) company, Dark Horse, purchased the Jabot leases, Nick has power over Billy.
Since that’s Summer’s father, that means she has some influence over Billy in the business world. This complicates the balance of power between Billy and Summer even more. She could use her influence with Nick to hurt Billy and Jabot. Much like Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman) has already tried to do.
A very complicated situation with many players just got even more complex. It is possible that Summer could use this power to force Billy into bed. It seems she truly believes it is what he wants even though he has repeatedly stated otherwise. If her behavior was perpetrated by a man, it would definitely be seen as harassment, but the gender roles shouldn’t matter, right?
Jabot Work Place Rules – Is it Sexual Harassment?
Young and the Restless spoilers have Summer making moves at home, in public, and the office. In fact, every work-related meeting includes an inappropriate touch, words or gesture. Let’s hope Jabot has a strong HR department if Billy complains about Summer’s actions. In the real world, her antics could have serious consequences. She could lose her job or even worse – face criminal charges.
No one should be forced to face unwanted sexual advances. In this time of the #MeToo movement, these issues have moved to the forefront of people’s minds. There is no way to justify Summer’s behavior. No means no – and Billy has said it loudly, clearly, and often. The question now is – will Summer be held accountable for her actions?
Could Lily Winters (Christel Khalil) AND Summer Newman both face a judge in a courtroom in the near future – one for vehicular homicide and one for sexual harassment? Come here daily to Soap Dirt for more Young and the Restless news.