Why #MeToo is a diversity issue – d&i Leaders

The #MeToo movement is two years old this week, marking a monumental social media campaign that saw thousands of (mostly) women admit to being sexually harassed, often as they went about their work. The sharp focus on the time was on Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein and allegations of rape and other sexual offences, but underneath those headline-grabbing stories were many more of innocent workers subject to lewd passes, ‘banter’ that crossed the line and unwanted physical contact.

The government promised to legislate on how allegations of sexual harassment are dealt with at work, pledging to crack down on the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) by employers to cover up bad behaviour. There has been a consultation into how this might work, but legislation is yet to reach parliament and Brexit could mean it won’t be drafted or read until next year the earliest.

 

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