The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have sparked an undeniably important conversation.
They have brought to light allegations of sexual assault, harassment and discrimination in society at large and in the workplace in particular. For employers receiving complaints of inappropriate or illegal behavior, the stakes have never been higher.
No company or industry is immune from these issues. In the first year of the #MeToo era, on average, at least one prominent figure was publicly accused of misconduct every day.1 Enforcement efforts have been similarly expansive. The EEOC filed 50% more sexual harassment suits during roughly the same period.2 Its recovery on behalf of sexual harassment victims ballooned almost 50% as well, to nearly $70 million.