August 20, 2020 Dispute Resolution

#MeToo and Restorative Justice

by Lesley Wexler and Jennifer K. Robbennolt

The #MeToo movement has hastened a modern-day reckoning with sexual assault and sex discrimination. Claims of sexual misconduct have surfaced in all walks of life and disrupted business as usual in settings as disparate as Hollywood boardrooms and Supreme Court confirmation hearing chambers. Amid the discussion of how to address #MeToo claims, there have been calls for the use of “restorative justice” to address the needs of both victims and harassers. But these calls have not been explicit about what sort of restoration is contemplated.

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