Workplace discrimination and harassment are pervasive problems. Recently, there has been a flood of reports and allegations detailing such misconduct in industries ranging from entertainment to technology and this has led to national movements to stop sexual harassment and discrimination.
With the recent spate of sexual harassment allegations resulting in numerous ousters and resignations, sensitivity is running high. At the same time, a lot of workers are concerned about what actually constitutes illegal workplace activity.
In recent weeks, stories of sexual harassment against women in the entertainment industry have been widely reported. However, sexual harassment is an issue facing every worker in every industry (as evidenced by the overwhelming number of #MeToo social media postings). It has always been crucial for employers to understand their obligations and options with regard to responding to complaints of sexual harassment; now is a good time to take another look.