Tag: #metoo

EEOC Getting Serious About #MeToo

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces antidiscrimination laws, is getting serious about the #MeToo movement. Let’s take a look at a recent report from the agency.

Understanding Your Role in Sexual Harassment Prevention

Sexual harassment has been top of mind for most HR professionals as the #MeToo movement gained momentum over the past year. Employers, employees, and HR departments alike are striving to create safe workplaces for all, and they’re getting some help from state and local legislators. So far, more than 30 jurisdictions—including New York and even […]

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Is Problematic (and Isn’t a Real Christmas Song Anyway)

This holiday season, with the #MeToo movement showing no signs of relenting, a new front has opened up in our 21st-century culture wars. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is an Academy Award-winning song that was popularized in the 1949 film Neptune’s Daughter. Per Wikipedia, at least eight versions of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” were released during […]

TV Explores #MeToo Red Flags as EEOC Stings Real-Life Harassers

One year has passed since The New York Times and The New Yorker broke the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, yet television shows are still weaving #MeToo themes into their storylines. On November 1, 2018, NBC’s comedy series Will and Grace took up the serious topic in the subplot for an episode titled “Grace’s Secret.”

#MeToo, #TimesUp and Low Unemployment Fueling Winds of Change

A new report by Globoforce called “Social Impact in the Human Workplace” examined whether the combination of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements and low unemployment are creating power shifts in the workplace. The results show that indeed power is shifting in the workplace.

EEOC Sees Uptick in Sexual Harassment Charges, Lawsuits Filed in 2018

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) new report on sexual harassment data for fiscal year (FY) 2018 shows a more than 50 percent increase in sexual harassment lawsuits filed by the agency and a more than 12 percent increase in the number of charges it received over FY 2017.

Quitting is for Quitters—and It Leads to Liability

In the last several months, we’ve seen continuing coverage of the #MeToo movement as well as the disclosure of new scandals, including the controversy that embroiled CBS News and its former CEO, Les Moonves. Of course, there is much yet to be learned, but discussions of whether CBS’s problems would be “solved” when Moonves stepped […]

Why Can’t We Be Friends: Would Lyle Case Decision Be Same Today?

What if I told you that the California Supreme Court has ruled that under certain circumstances, an employee being exposed to lewd conduct in the workplace – including sexual discussions, sexually explicit pictures, and colleagues pantomiming masturbation – is not enough to sustain an actionable sexual harassment claim? In light of the recent spate of […]