April 14, 2020 Feature

Sex Discrimination and Employment Law in the #MeToo Era

Alexis Ronickher

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Employees battle between the need to vindicate their rights and the fear of harming their careers, health, and families.

Employees battle between the need to vindicate their rights and the fear of harming their careers, health, and families.

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The #MeToo era initiated what has proven to be an ongoing public dialogue about sexual harassment and violence, particularly their effects in the workplace. This dialogue has resulted in not just greater awareness of the problem, but an actual increase in workers objecting to sexual harassment and pursuing their legal claims if their employers do not remedy the problem. For example, the first year of the #MeToo era resulted in an increase of more than 12 percent in sexual harassment charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over investigating such claims.

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