In the nearly two years since #MeToo went viral, the country has been having important and necessary conversations about workplace sexual harassment — including how legal protections have failed to protect working people in industries ranging from fast food to tech. Our laws are falling short of the task of shifting workplace culture and providing justice.
New survey data show a supermajority of voters across party lines and sex want lawmakers to change the law to better address and prevent sexual harassment on the job. A full two thirds of voters surveyed (66 percent) agree lawmakers must take action to address workplace sexual harassment.
The survey also reveals strong—and in many instances overwhelming—support across party lines and sex for a number of specific reforms to strengthen workplace sexual harassment law, including:
- Ensuring all workers are protected from sexual harassment (90 percent)
- Ending employer-imposed secrecy about sexual harassment (80 percent)
- Ensuring that tipped workers are not paid a lower minimum wage by their employers than other workers (66 percent)
- Making it easier for workers to come forward to report sexual harassment (62 percent), seek justice for egregious conduct that constitutes harassment (80 percent), and be compensated for the harm they have suffered (75 percent)
- Requiring employers to take steps to prevent sexual harassment (87 percent)