August 15th, 2018
September Employment Law Bulletin
Responding to Employee Activism
The month of September saw at least two major work walkouts in support of the #MeToo and #BelieveSurvivors movements. The first was the organized McDonald’s protest in support of ten McDonald’s workers who filed EEOC charges alleging they were subjected to near-constant sexual harassment and then retaliated against when they reported it. The second effort called on people to wear black and to walk out of their workplaces at 1:00pm Eastern on September 24 in support of women who have survived sexual assault. The latter event in particular is strongly associated with the allegations of improper sexual conduct by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh against Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez. These two recent walk-out events are not the first and are unlikely to be the last in politically-motivated (or at least not exclusively work-related) workplace protests.
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