When you think of "pregnancy discrimination," you may think of those days, long ago, when companies actually forbid female employees from getting pregnant. Anyone who announced they were expecting (or started to show) was summarily dismissed from their position.
If it surprises you that the #MeToo movement is already a decade old, you probably aren't alone. The movement -- which is designed both to allow victims to show solidarity and to provoke beneficial changes in the workplace -- only developed some of its biggest momenta a couple of years ago.
Have you ever heard anyone express skepticism about the damage done by workplace sexual harassment? For decades, the idea of a lecherous boss chasing a harried secretary around a desk was played for laughs -- as if a little sexual harassment was just part of being an attractive human being in the workforce.
You've been putting up with sexual harassment for weeks or months now from a co-worker or supervisor. You've tried politely ignoring the harasser as well as directly asking them to stop. You've made your boundaries clear, but the message doesn't seem to be getting through.
"Well, what was she wearing to work?" "How did she talk to him?" "Did she lead him on?" "Did she smile a lot?"
There's good news and bad news for working women. On the one hand, sexual harassment complaints are generally on the decline. On the other hand, African-American women are increasingly likely to be victims.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is no longer something that people simply have to quietly endure -- it's now a subject of intense scrutiny.
Let's be perfectly clear: You can't go around recording private conversations without permission, so don't start trying to catch sexual harassment on film unless you're completely sure it's legal to record.
You sense an uncomfortableness in the workplace, but you think you're just being paranoid.
Given the number of news stories that keep surfacing about sexual harassment in different industries throughout the country, sexual harassment is still a big problem in the nation's workforce.