According to a recent survey, over 75% of employees asked said that the #MeToo Movement has positively impacted how sexual harassment claims are handled in the workplace. Many claim the social movement to raise awareness regarding sex discrimination, specifically sexual harassment, has made a difference on the job.
Many Human Resources departments across the country have initiated programs that make reporting sexual harassment in the workplace open and judgement free and many employees feel that their coworkers are generally more well-informed regarding the issues and tend to be more supportive when sex discrimination occurs. The majority of Americans surveyed believe that the #MeToo movement is helping to reduce sexual harassment in the workplace, a welcome change for workers across the nation.
Both federal and state laws protect employees from sex discrimination in the workplace, including protection from sexual harassment. Almost every employer has policies that prohibit sexual harassment, policies that encourage employees to report problems that will then be investigated, with employers taking appropriate corrective actions when violations are substantiated.
Of course, while the #MeToo movement has certainly raised awareness and created some positive change, there is still more work to be done. Although many employers have taken strides to discourage sexual harassment in the workplace, there are still employers that have not done enough. If you have been a victim of sex discrimination including sexual harassment in your Quad Cities workplace, contact the Davenport Iowa employment law offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for help today.