The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s authority to investigate, penalize or sue employers who sexually harass workers only applies to workplaces where there are 15 employees or more. (iStock) June Barrett, a home health-care aide, had been on the job just a few weeks when her client, a mentally sharp but physically fragile elderly man, grabbed her breast in full view of his adult daughter. The moment was terrible. But the two women had developed a rapport. So, for a brief moment, Barrett felt almost relieved. “She laughed. His daughter absolutely saw what happened and laughed,” said Barrett, 54. “She did not say, ‘Dad stop that right now!’ She didn’t say, ‘June, I’m sorry.’ It was such a betrayal because I thought that if anyone it would be okay to talk to her about what was happening, to find a resolution. But in that moment, I realized that wasn’t going to happen, no way that my word would be enough.” As the nation faces the frequency of sexual harassment and assault at work, both experts who study the problem and the agency that enforces laws against it say that it’s women at the bottom of the labor market who suffer sexual harassment most often and are least likely to see anything like justice. Their experiences also suggest that the lines between predators and complicit cover artists don’t fall neatly along gender lines — often, the stories include women who overlooked sexual assaults or even facilitated harassment of female workers with less power to fight it. That’s a pattern that makes pronouncements about the Harvey Weinstein effect — the idea American men have been shaken, even chastened and the workplace forever changed — seem optimistic, at best. “I think there is a new awareness, but . . . you have to wonder if the awareness and concern has really grown or been approximated because of the Hollywood element,” said Anita Hill, a lawyer and professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University. [ #MeToo was started for black and brown women and girls. They’re still being ignored. ] Hill is best known as the woman who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 about what she said was a pattern of sexual