On October 11, 1991, Hill was called to testify during the hearing. Ten years earlier, in 1981, Hill had become an attorney-adviser to Clarence Thomas at the United States Department of Education (ED). When Thomas became Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 1982, Hill went to the EEOC with Thomas and his then-secretary, Diane Holt, to serve as his special assistant until mid-1983. Hill alleged in her 1991 testimony that it was during those two periods (i.e., during her employment at DOE and EEOC) that Thomas made sexually provocative statements.
Although Hill was a career employee (Schedule A) and therefore had the option of remaining at the Department of Education, she testified that she followed Thomas to EEOC because, "[t]he work, itself, was interesting, and at that time, it appeared that the sexual overtures . . . had ended." She also testified that she wanted to work in the civil rights field, and that she believed that "at that time the Department of Education, itself, was a dubious venture."
Hill said that she did not want to make the legal claim of sexual harassment, and instead was speaking in layman's terms. She also alleged lurid details about her time with Thomas at the Department of Education: "He spoke about acts that he had seen in pornographic films involving such matters as women having sex with animals and films showing group sex or rape scenes....On several occasions, Thomas told me graphically of his own sexual prowess." Hill also said that the following incident occurred later after they had both moved to new jobs at the EEOC: "Thomas was drinking a Coke in his office, he got up from the table at which we were working, went over to his desk to get the Coke, looked at the can and asked, 'Who has put pubic hair on my Coke?'."