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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Ruth Bader Ginsburg questions NDAs in the #MeToo era

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A new book on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she hopes that non-disclosure agreements, which have come under fire in sexual misconduct cases, "will not be enforced by the courts," the AP reports.

Why it matters: In "Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law," out this week, the 86-year-old feminist icon questions whether the #MeToo movement will render such secrecy clauses obsolete. Several women, after signing NDAs, had to take financial and legal risks to speak out about their encounters with male predators.

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Two Americas on everything

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Imagine Watergate — or even the Clinton impeachment — in a country this divided.

The big picture: Americans no longer agree on just about anything, down to the level of who can be trusted to arbitrate truth from fiction or how to differentiate common sense from nonsense, according to a new AP-NORC poll.

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Former Fox News employees want release from their NDAs

Gretchen Carlson. Photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

At least six former Fox News employees are calling on their old network to release them from nondisclosure agreements in order to allow them to speak out about potential sexual misconduct during their time at the company, Vanity Fair reports.

Driving the news: NBC News announced Friday it will release former employees from NDAs as it tries to control the damage stemming from allegations in former NBC reporter Ronan Farrow's new book, "Catch and Kill." The former staffers at Fox News — including former host Gretchen Carlson, the first woman to publicly file a lawsuit against former CEO Roger Ailes — are asking the network to follow suit.

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