The Army has been forced to deal with several high-profile sexual harassment cases. Its former top enlisted man was court-martialed on sexual-misconduct charges, but a jury cleared him of all but an obstruction of justice count. A retired major general was convicted at court-martial of having affairs with the wives of his subordinate officers. (Scarborough, 2000)
The case of sexual harassment is related to the top-ranking generals of the United States army - Lt. General Claudia Kennedy and Major General Larry Smith. The incident was occurred in October 1996. Initially, the incident was avoided even it was not confirmed that whether the inquiry was in progress or not. Later, it was confirmed that the Army inspector general (IG) was investigating Gen. Kennedy's charge.
Kennedy became famous and had been the focal point of the media in the year 2000 as a general who has accused another general. She lodged her complaint when she was the deputy chief of staff for intelligence that she was accused by the Major when she was a major general and assistant deputy chief for intelligence.
During the case, Kenneth Bacon, spokesman for Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said that the Pentagon policy is "a zero tolerance for harassment. And that's been made clear by Secretary Cohen and by all military leaders. There are established channels for reporting allegations of harassment. And the IG is one of those channels." (Scarborough, 2000)
Major General's Clarification
Major General Smith gave his clarification by saying that he did not harass her and denied the charge. He told the investigation team that he only gave her a hug and perhaps a light kiss as they concluded an Oct. 11, 1996, meeting.
The critiques also raised some concerns as why did she go to the army inspector general with her complaint about the Smith's act, when he was announced to be the next deputy inspector general of the army, a position in which he would be responsible for overseeing investigations of the kind of behavior he is accused of.
During the investigation, the investigators found that while the General did not make any formal complaint of sexual harassment at the time of the incident, but she did describe the incident to her friends and colleagues soon after it occurred. In addition, the investigators found the supporting accounts by Kennedy's friends and colleagues to be persuasive.
Conclusion of Case
After the detailed examination of the case, an army inspector general verifies the General Kennedy's charge. In the verdict, he said that Kennedy had not motive to lie. The details of the report and investigation have not been revealed yet to the public - due to the sensitivity and privacy of the case. The result of the case went against Major General Smith