|April 25, 2018 | www.fisherphillips.com|
“Why’d She Wait So Long?” Psychological Study Shows Why You Should Think Before Dismissing Sexual Harassment Complaints
With the rise of the #MeToo movement, many are left wondering why so few victims of sexual harassment spoke up before. A psychological disconnect called “affective forecasting error” helps to explain this failure. Affective forecasting error is the disparity between how one believes they would react in a stressful situation compared to their actual response.
In the wake of #TimesUp and #MeToo, the business world continues to reel over the seemingly shocking realization that sexual harassment is even more pervasive than most had imagined. This movement has forced employers across all industries to grapple with the real worry that sexual harassment may be problematic in their own workplaces. Victimized employees, too, are coming to realize that they are not alone. Those who have been harmed are building camaraderie with kindred spirits and may now have the courage to report harassment in light of so many others who are doing the same.
Telecommuting takes many forms, including remote workers, teleworkers, virtual employees, off-site employees, or those who are just considered “working from home”—all terms used to describe an employee whose primary work is conducted away from your mothership. No matter the form, there are many benefits for both businesses and employees.
It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first three months of 2018 are any indication, things won’t be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, there were so many significant developments taking place during the past month that we were forced to expand our monthly summary beyond the typical “Top 10” list.