#MeToo movement drives more mandated sexual harassment training in the workplace – Axios
Why it matters: The #MeToo movement got off the ground roughly 2 years ago and spurred unprecedented misconduct reporting in Hollywood and in the media, as well as among ordinary people who withstood harassment in their workplaces.
- Tech and media companies, including Google, as well as political offices continue to grapple with public demand to improve the process around sexual harassment.
- Recently, individual states have passed a variety of laws limiting forced arbitration, non-disclosure agreements and other policies that could discourage employees from reporting harassment, Bloomberg notes.
Many companies already provided materials for sexual harassment training; but a 2015 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission task force found that the training largely existed to protect employers from lawsuits instead of teaching people how to spot and report bad behavior.
Background: Workplace sexual harassment was deemed illegal in a 1986 Supreme Court ruling.
- Two court rulings in the late ’80s set precedent that a business could defend itself against some sexual harassment claims, so long as that organization had a stated and enforceable policy against the practice.
But, but, but: 3/4 of incidents still go unreported, government data estimates. And more than 1/3 of American workers said they believe their workplace fosters sexual misconduct, per a 2019 survey from Society for Human Resource Management.