Sexual Harassment

Can its persistence be curbed?


Despite widespread anti-harassment training in workplaces and publicity about high-profile sexual assault cases, sexual harassment remains pervasive in the workplace and the U.S. military. In fact, several celebrities and politicians who have been accused of sexual harassment are trying to stage a comeback. Advocates for victims of workplace sexual harassment blame the continued prevalence in part on the widespread use of nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), which prevent victims from speaking out about workplace sexual harassment for fear of legal action and allow perpetrators to continue harassing victims. Congress and states are trying to rectify that issue. Congress passed a bipartisan bill aimed at ending NDAs specifically designed to keep employees from discussing instances of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Sixteen states also have passed laws limiting how employers can use NDAs.

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