Can #MeToo Make Real Progress Without the Force of Law?

Katz, Marshall & Banks senior counsel Carolyn Wheeler was quoted in a New York Times op-ed, “Lie Back and Take It, America.” The opinion piece is in response to recent events in American politics: President Trump’s decision to hire Bill Shine, the former Fox News executive who was forced out following reports of his “being a party to exploitation”; allegations that Republican Jim Jordan of Ohio knew of sexual abuse when he was a coach at Ohio State and did nothing to stop it; and Trump’s sexually demeaning joke aimed at Senator Elizabeth Warren last week.

While Shine will now hold a prominent position in the White House, he would be untouchable for many private companies. “It would be hard for an employer to prove that it had an effective policy preventing harassment if it hired somebody that it knew had let harassment occur rampantly in their prior employment,” explained Ms. Wheeler.

It seems, however, that the men involved in all these cases will survive these scandals. The #MeToo movement has made great gains in changing norms, but until those involved in sexual assault and harassment are held accountable, there is still progress to be made.

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