As the Me Too movement has made clear, sexual harassment is widespread, affecting working women in every state, in nearly every kind of workplace setting and industry, and at every level of employment. Sexual harassment holds women back, threatens their safety and economic opportunities, and excludes them from public life. And for women of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ people who experience harassment based on multiple intersecting identities, harassment perpetuates inequality along multiple dimensions. Gaps in state and federal laws have left many of those most vulnerable to sexual harassment without meaningful legal protections. Court imposed standards have made it difficult for victims to hold employers and individual harassers accountable, and federal law and many state laws have failed to prevent the proliferation of employer-driven agreements that help hide the true extent of sexual harassment and shield serial harassers from accountability. Federal law and most state laws also focus largely on remedying harassment after the fact, with little emphasis on preventing harassment in the first instance.

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