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One year later, what employers can do to address #MeToo

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By Sarah J. Platt and Christine B. Townsend, Esqs., Ogletree Deakins

One year ago, 10 days after the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment story broke, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” That ignited a huge outpouring on social media and a cultural turning point.

In the nine days following Milano’s tweet, the #MeToo hashtag garnered 1.7 million tweets across every continent. Eighty-five countries had at least 1,000 #MeToo tweets. In the first 24 hours following Milano’s tweet, Facebook reported 12 million posts by 4.7 million users.

The #MeToo movement has dominated the news over the past year. Headlines regarding sexual harassment at U.S. companies have continued. Fallout has often been swift for the executives involved, with firings or resignations following accusations of sexual misconduct. Even after statutes of limitations...(register to read more)

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