At The Podium
The #MeToo Movement
The phrase “Me too” was first uttered by activist Tarana Burke in 2006 as a way to show solidarity and empathy to women who had survived sexual assault. More than a decade later, the phrase transformed into a hashtag — #MeToo – and then as a movement as allegations against movie tycoon Harvey Weinstein sparked a global conversation about the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace and prompted thousands of people to come forth to share their experiences.
In her presentation titled “The #MeToo Movement” at the 2018 Labor and Employment Law Update sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association, Elizabeth Bowersox, an attorney who represents employers and management exclusively on issues regarding harassment, discusses the evolution of the movement, the EEOC’s definition of sexual harassment and the different types of unlawful behavior that constitute sexual harassment, and how such claims are playing out in the courts. She also offers employers practical advice for preventing harassment in the workplace.