Oct 22, 2019

American workers say #MeToo movement won't change workplace culture

Activists participate in the 2018 #MeToo March in November 2018 in Hollywood, California. Photo: Sarah Morris/Getty Images

Most Americans say the nationwide sexual misconduct and racial diversity conversations will have little impact in their own place of work, according to a poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Why it matters: Allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace are on the rise. More than 7,600 sexual harassment claims were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions in 2018, a 14% bump from the year before.

By the numbers: 6 in 10 employees in workplaces still say they've had positive results from new harassment and diversity procedures put in place in recent years. But only 21% expect to see beneficial change for working men specifically.

  • The poll finds 45% American workers — 50% of women and 40% of men — have a positive view of the #MeToo movement.
  • 22% of employed Republicans have a favorable opinion of the #MeToo movement, compared to 71% of employed Democrats.
  • 62% of black employees and 58% of Hispanic employees say diversity and inclusion practices were very important factors in accepting their current job.

Methodology: The nationwide survey of 1,000 full-time and part-time employed adults was conducted using AmeriSpeak. Self-employed adults were not included in the survey. Interviews were conducted between July 25 and 30, 2019, online and using landlines and cell phones. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.2 percentage points.

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