Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper, Sherelle Wu, and Adam Tomiak, attorneys in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, co-authored an article in Bloomberg Law Practical Guidance, titled “Persisting Challenges Five Years After #MeToo.” (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

In 2017, a tweet shed light on what millions of Americans already knew: Sexual harassment occurs more frequently and in more environments than we talk about. People responded in droves online, sharing stories of how they had been sexually harassed, including at work—some were made uncomfortable because of a supervisor's inappropriate comments, others described being assaulted by a coworker and even fired for refusing the boss's advances.

The response to the tweet became a hashtag and then a movement. With widespread awareness, the #MeToo movement increased attention to this form of discrimination and forced employers to focus more on efforts to create and maintain harassment-free workplaces.

This article examines how employers and legislators responded in the wake of the #MeToo movement, how Covid-19 impacted the challenge of eliminating harassment in the workplace, and what lies ahead.

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