Workplace Word - How the #MeToo Movement Has Shifted the Legal Landscape and What Businesses Are Doing About It
by Marian Zapata-Rossa and Adiba Jurayeva
As of last month, the hashtag “#MeToo” was tweeted more than 8.1 million times. Not surprisingly, what has now evolved into the #MeToo movement has drawn the attention of legislators, courts, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), which is the federal agency tasked with enforcing antidiscrimination laws in the United States. This has led to changes in the legal landscape. The use of nondisclosure requirements over agreements to settle sexual harassment claims has been restricted. Employer arbitration agreements have come under scrutiny if they require employees to arbitrate claims for sexual harassment. The EEOC is now directing special focus and enforcement dollars on sexual harassment claims.