Charlotte Talks: Turning Point For Workplace Harassment?

Nov 8, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

Workplace harassment has crashed back into the national conversation since reporting on Harvey Weinstein's alleged acts.
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Have the accusations of sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein and others, combined with the #MeToo campaign, caused us to reach a turning point?

It's been a month since bombshell reporting by The New Yorker and The New York Times about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein put the topic of sexual harassment, in particular harassment on the job, back squarely in the national spotlight. It also opened a floodgate of #MeToo reactions on social media.

Since then, allegations of similar bad behavior have taken down the head of news for NPR and actor Kevin Spacey, among others.

At least one in four women have experienced sexual harassment on the job, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But three-fourths of employees, including men who have been the targets harassment, don't report it. The same percentage of victims told the EEOC they had been retaliated against after going to supervisors.

Will this moment result in a turning point in the workplace? In our culture? What should employees and employers take away from this?

Mike Collins gets reaction from experts on workplace rights and others.


Kenny Colbert, president, The Employers Association*

Becky Lindahl, partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Kim Churches, CEO, American Association of University Women (@ChurchesK)

NiCole T. Buchanan, associate professor of psychology, Michigan State University