BEERG: Almost Four Years After Beginning of a Movement, #MeToo Shows Significant Impact

November 13, 2020

International law firm CMS examined the global impact of the #MeToo movement on workplace regulation and company policies, finding raised awareness of sexual harassment without a noticeable rise in harassment claims against employers in many countries.

The CMS Expert Guide on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace includes contributions from 27 countries and unique insights for employers on tackling sexual harassment, highlighting how different countries responded to the #MeToo movement.

According to Dr. Gerlind Wisskirchen, Partner at CMS, major findings include: 

  • A high level of variation in the impact of the #MeToo movement in the workplaces of CMS clients in different countries.

  • Almost without exception, participating countries reported the #MeToo movement has raised awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace although this has not led to a noticeable impact on the number of harassment claims against their employer clients in all locations.

  • Several interesting approaches to tackling sexual harassment in the workplace can be seen, with many of the countries reporting their jurisdiction imposes a preventative duty on employers rather than simply operating a reactive regime where a complaint is made.

Read the full BEERG Global Labor Newsletter here.