Since its launch in January 2018, the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund has heard from thousands of people, in every state, industry, and type of job, about their experiences of being harassed at work. This report provides an overview analysis of the 3,317 requests for legal help regarding sex harassment submitted to the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2020. Its findings include:
- More than seven in 10 survivors who experienced workplace sexual harassment faced some form of retaliation, including termination, being sued for defamation, and denial of promotions.
- Individuals are turning first to their employers to report harassment, but employers are failing to take action. Of those people who said they reported the harassment, nearly two in three people (64 percent) reported the harassment to their employer.
- More than one in five people (22 percent) volunteered information about their experience of workplace sex harassment negatively impacting their economic or financial well-being.
- Nearly one in five people (19 percent) volunteered that the harassment had a damaging impact on their mental health.
- More than one in four people (28 percent) volunteered that the harassment they experienced was not an isolated incident.
- More than one in five people (21 percent) volunteered information about their perpetrator harassing multiple victims.
- More than one in three people (36 percent) said they experienced sexual assault, assault, rape, or other physical harassment.