Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal
Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol'y J.
This symposium issue examines various impacts of the #MeToo movement in the workplace. “Me Too” was first coined in 1997 by Tarana Burke, who used the phrase as part of her work to help women like her, especially those of color, who had survived sexual violence. “Me Too” later became “#MeToo,” particularly after several famous actresses accused high-powered Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. The actions of Weinstein, as well as many of the numerous powerful men who subsequently faced similar accusations, involved sexual harassment and assault in a specific context: work. These high-ranking executives used their power over victims’ careers—either as an enticement to “consent” or a threat for a refusal to do so—to advance their sexual misconduct.