March 14, 2018 Articles

When Employers Hear #MeToo: Top 10 Tips on How to Respond

By Sarah Clay Leyshock and Rachel Ablin

The #MeToo movement has ignited a powerful dialogue about sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of misogyny in the workplace. Taking prompt, fair, and thorough action in response to complaints of harassment has never been more important for employers than it is today. Employees are emboldened by the movement. Individuals serving on juries in sexual harassment cases are affected by it as well. Media outlets abound with scandalous stories of sexual harassment, making good publicity for reputable companies harder to come by. Consequently, sexual misconduct liability and reputational risk is higher than it has ever been. At a minimum, employers should immediately review their current policies and practices related to sexual harassment. Any company wanting to do more than just respond to sexual harassment should focus its efforts on taking additional steps designed to prevent sexual harassment before it occurs. Below are 10 tips for employers inspired by the #MeToo movement.

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