As they made clear, MeToo has always been about raising awareness of the prevalence and pernicious impact of sexual violence. To help answer that question, I looked at some of the changes that have taken place as a result of MeToo, from state laws to monetary compensation for survivors. The efforts and reforms listed below show that while sexual harassment, assault, and misconduct remain systemic problems, the MeToo movement has helped motivate Americans to solve them.
One of the systemic problems exposed by coverage of Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men was the use of nondisclosure agreements. The agreement kept Perkins from speaking out for almost 20 years. But as the MeToo movement gained attention, several states passed laws prohibiting the use of nondisclosure agreements in sexual misconduct cases.
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In SeptemberCalifornia banned the agreements in cases involving sexual assault, harassment, or sex discrimination. New York and New Jersey enacted similar laws. Ayanna Pressley D-MAand others — also bans some types of nondisclosure agreements. Under the new laws, others may have an easier time speaking out.
These workers, disproportionately women of color and often making a low wage, have nowhere to turn if they are harassed. New York expanded its sexual harassment law to cover independent contractors in and improved protections for domestic workers in California broadened its law in to offer protections for people harassed in an expanded set of business relationships — including, notably, relationships with producers. Meanwhile, hundreds of domestic and farm workers rallied in Washington last year to urge Congress to extend harassment protections to cover them.
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She refused them, but he began spreading rumors about her at work, she said, and she was ultimately fired. Restaurant workers are often forced to put up with harassment from customers for fear that reporting the behavior or otherwise trying to put a stop to it could result in the loss of a tip. For that reason, restaurant workers and their advocates have long argued that ending the tipped minimum wage is necessary to fight harassment.
Seven states have done so already, and the movement has gained steam with the rise of MeToo. Legislation to require tipped workers to get the same minimum wage as other workers has been proposed recently in Massachusettsas well as in cities like Chicago. Since MeToo entered its most public phase, allegations against legislators on both sides of the aisle — including Reps.
Al Franken — have drawn attention to the issue of sexual misconduct by members of Congress. Perhaps surprisingly, Congress has actually taken steps to reform itself as a workplace, as Li Zhou reported for Vox. Last year, Congress passed legislation addressing a of issues advocates had raised with its process for congressional employees to report harassment or assault.
The law eliminated a mandatory three-month waiting period for people reporting misconduct, during which the survivor would have to go through counseling and mediation before filing a lawsuit. But by passing legislation to regulate itself, Congress at least started to address the problem.
Though the case began to come to light before MeToo entered its current phase, the trial of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has become one of the defining moments of the MeToo era. Last January, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to years in prison for sexually abusing more than young athletes, in addition to an earlier year sentence on child pornography charges. During his sentencing hearing, people gave moving and at times heartbreaking testimony about how his abuse had harmed them and their families. It was believed to be the largest such fund ever created by a university in response to a sexual abuse case, according to the New York Times.
While the Michigan State fund was one of the most high-profile settlements, monetary Me too act in sexual misconduct cases in general have risen in the MeToo era. Inthe Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed 41 sexual harassment lawsuits, more than a 50 percent increase overaccording to MarketWatch.
One of the biggest effects of the MeToo movement has been to show Americans and people around the world how widespread sexual harassment, assault, and other misconduct really are. As more and more survivors spoke out, they learned they were not alone. And people who had never had cause to think about sexual harassment before suddenly saw how much it had affected their coworkers, children, parents, and friends.
All this has helped to change how many Americans think not just about sexual misconduct but also about gender and power. According to a December poll by the research firm PerryUndem, those hearings made 50 percent of voters think about men having more power than women in government. There are a lot of reasons for that, including the election of Donald Trump, but MeToo has been a ificant driving force behind the change, she said.
But two years after the movement began to make headlines around the country, its impact — in statehouses, in court, and in the conversations Americans are having with one another — is undeniable. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower through understanding.
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States are banning nondisclosure agreements that cover sexual harassment One of the systemic problems exposed by coverage of Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men was the use of nondisclosure agreements. The movement to end the tipped minimum wage is gaining steam Restaurant workers are often forced to put up with harassment from customers for fear that reporting the behavior or otherwise trying to put a stop to it could result in the loss of a tip. Congress has reformed some of its process for staffers reporting sexual harassment Since MeToo entered its most public phase, allegations against legislators on both sides of the aisle — including Reps.
Some survivors are getting financial restitution Though the case began to come to light before MeToo entered its current phase, the trial of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar has become one of the defining moments of the MeToo era. Americans have changed how they think about power One of the biggest effects of the MeToo movement has been to show Americans and people around the world how widespread sexual harassment, assault, and Me too act misconduct really are.
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