The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) advocates for laws and policies that advance the status of women and girls at home, at work, and at school. The NWLC has recently released a new report examining sexual harassment charges filed by women in the private sector with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The report, Out of the Shadows: An Analysis of Sexual Harassment Charges Filed by Working Women, utilized data from 2012-2016 to establish a baseline for evaluating the impact of the #MeToo movement. Additionally, the report aimed to formulate a clearer picture of what workplace sexual harassment against women looks like.
In Maryland, we are working hard to address sexual harassment in the workplace. Several bills were passed in the 2018 Legislative session to fight sexual harassment, such as the #MeTooMaryland- Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of 2018. This act prevents employers from forcing employees to waive their rights in sexual harassment cases. Our Executive Director Lisae C. Jordan, Esq, sits on the Maryland General Assembly Commission on Workplace Harassment, a group committed to developing policy recommendations that will reduce sexual and other workplace harassment. MCASA looks forward to continuing to work with organizations like NWLC to end workplace sexual harassment in Maryland.