A Time's Up activist and actor teamed up last year to launch the Rights of Women Sexual Harassment at Work hotline. According to statistics gathered from the legal advice hotline, many female callers experienced negative employment actions after reporting sexual harassment.
"We finally have a clearer picture of how women are experiencing systematic sexual abuse and discrimination in the workplace. Our data exposes the extent of the harm women are experiencing," said the senior legal advisor for the hotline.
Of the women who called the hotline, more than 20 percent were terminated or resigned. Fifteen percent said the stress and other mental health issues they suffered from the harassment and discrimination forced them to take off sick from work. Nearly 60 percent of callers said that rejecting or submitting to sexual harassment or reporting wrongdoing led them to receive less favorable treatment.
Retaliation experienced by callers included being threatened with dismissal, denied a promotion, and not having claims investigated. "More than a fifth of callers to sexual harassment advice line forced out of work" jerseyeveningpost.com (Aug. 25, 2020).