Employer Proactivity in the #MeToo Environment

Nathan Schacht (left) and Matthew Pearson (right) of Baker Hostetler LLP

BY: Nathan Schacht & Matthew Pearson
BAKERHOSTETLER

Nearly 50 percent of women report experiencing harassment at work. This staggering statistic is likely nothing new. But what is new is the number of employees no longer accepting workplace harassment as par for the course. As part of what has been dubbed the “#MeToo” movement, more and more employees are taking a stand against degrading and inappropriate behavior previously overlooked in the workplace. And employers who ignore such behavior do so at their own peril.

In the past year alone, several prolific accused harassers have fallen. From chief executive officers to tele-vision personalities, successful individuals once thought to be untouchable are now not only unemployed, but also looked upon with disdain. Indeed, 87 percent of Americans now favor a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment.

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