The MeToo movement peaked around 12 months ago, but if organisations thought they could look to the future, they could be in for a shock. New research suggests that a sizeable proportion of employers are revisiting historical cases of sexual harassment, in a trend experts warn shows no sign of slowing. A survey of more than HR, legal and C-suite professionals by law firm GQ Littler found more than seven in 10 71 per cent had taken concrete action in response to the viral campaign to raise awareness of harassment in the workplace. But a breakdown of the responses suggests 13 per cent had taken the decision to revisit older instances of harassment and re-evaluate their approaches to them. One prominent case this year saw international law firm Baker McKenzie dismiss one of its partners after allegations of a sexual assault on a female colleague resurfaced years later. The victim had agreed to leave her role after receiving a payout, and signed a non-disclosure agreement, but the firm retrospectively admitted it should have handled the situation differently and launched an independent review.
Sexual harassment in the workplace in the United States
Sexual harassment in the workplace in the United States - Wikipedia
Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in , as shown in the new HBO film Confirmation, remains perhaps the most famous sexual-harassment case in American history. When she worked for him in the Education Department, Hill alleged, Thomas barraged her with discussions of sex acts, bestiality and pornography. Hill spoke out during a moment in which Americans were still determining what types of behavior were acceptable in the workplace and when legislation on the issue was just over a decade old. But, while the Anita Hill controversy drew national attention to the issue of sexual harassment, the problem itself was hardly a new one.
The proper response to claims of historic sexual harassment by employees
Another day, another sex scandal. A Martian reviewing the Evening Standard could reasonably conclude that this is an issue limited to film, media and politics but there would undoubtedly be those in many less glamorous workplaces who also have stories to tell and hopefully feel empowered to do so by the flood of others coming forward. Most employers are alive to these issues. We also assume that employers would usually react fairly quickly to any such incidents and investigate thoroughly, using grievance and disciplinary procedures as appropriate. Trickier when the allegations are historic, though, as so many of those hitting the press in the last weeks seem to be.
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Tweets by personneltoday. Log in. Discipline Sexual harassment. With the reports of historical sexual harassment in Hollywood and now Parliament, employees may feel increasingly able to come forward with such claims in the workplace.