chapter  9
12 Pages

Addressing sexual harassment and discrimination in corporate culture

WithAlex Newton

Chapter 9 analyses sexual discrimination and harassment in corporate culture. It starts by outlining the key international human rights law instruments prohibiting discrimination and violence against women. The chapter then discusses the role of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements in drawing international attention to the issues of sexual discrimination and harassment, particularly in the workplace. The so-called “Weinstein effect” has acted as a global tipping point, triggering allegations of sexual harassment and/or assault against other powerful men, and across a range of industries. Chapter 9 discusses several high-profile examples from the fields of business, politics, entertainment, and technology, and their broader implications. It then goes on to consider the backlash to the #MeToo movement led by a group of prominent French women. Lastly, Chapter 9 provides some practical recommendations for corporations to prevent and address sexual discrimination in their organisations.