Sexual Harassment

Have workplaces become less tolerant of inappropriate behavior?


Criminal verdicts in high-profile sexual assault cases against entertainer Bill Cosby and movie producer Harvey Weinstein are helping the broader public understand the decisions women might make when someone in a position of power is sexually harassing them. According to victims’ advocates, those convictions could affect future sexual harassment cases by showing that the fear of financial retribution often prevents survivors from behaving as juries might expect. Revelations brought forth by the #MeToo movement also have increased the public’s understanding of the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in the workplace. Meanwhile, the federal government and state legislatures are taking steps to prevent workplace sexual harassment, while employers are seeking ways to better educate workers on how to prevent and report such conduct.

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