Since the advent of social media some years back, it has taken a massive influence in daily dealings and trends. Giving a voice to almost everyone, it can dictate the latest fashion styles and make or break celebrities with viral videos. Social media has also been the medium of choice for social movements to express and gain widespread attention.
Social movements have been going on for a long time. The rise of social media and the internet, in general, has given it a louder and more commanding voice. A voice so strong, even insurance trends are being affected by these movements in social media.
Sexual Harassment and #MeToo Movement
Sexual harassment in the workplace is not a new occurrence. There have been numerous cases where women, and sometimes men, are harassed sexually but can’t do anything about it. Filed concerns are either swept under the rug or settled quietly to avoid bringing bad press to the companies. Worse, some are forced to keep silent on the matter at the risk of losing their jobs.
In late 2017, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged using the hashtag #MeToo to put sexual harassment cases into the limelight. Started by social media activist Tamara Burke in 2006 on Myspace, #MeToo has now turned into a social battle cry. People who have experienced any form of sexual harassment, assault, or rape are standing up with the use of #MeToo.
Effect on Businesses and Insurances
The widespread response of #MeToo has called for drastic and influential changes for employers and businesses. For one, they are now forced to look into their existing guidelines for sexual harassment and give it more teeth. Awareness drives and safe avenues for reporting incidents are becoming a significant part of companies. It also opens up equality in the workplace, where gender will not play a factor in how people are treated.
Subsequently, with sexual harassment conversations being front and center, the possibility of cases are on the rise. Businesses are now moving into having or improving their liability insurance coverage. Having insurance coverage that would cover charges for possible sexual harassment cases secures the company from potential downfall. Companies are also learning how to spot a potential sexual harassment case from one that is not.
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