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HR receiving more complaints since #MeToo movement; half of employees would take part in walkout: Spherion

June 05, 2019

Complaints to human resources over sexual harassment and equal pay have increased since the start of the #MeToo movement almost two year ago, according to the 2019 Emerging Workforce Study released today by Spherion Staffing LLC.

It found 42% of companies surveyed said they have seen an increase in the number of HR complaints concerning sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior by bosses or co-workers. It also found that 47% of firms saw an increase in the number complaints from employees concerning equal pay or career advancement opportunities.

Spherion’s study was based on a survey of 731 human resource managers, with results weighted to reflect the composition of US companies. In addition, a second survey in the study included 2,115 employed adults in the US, with results weighted for age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income.

Employees are also ready to take a stand around issues at their employer that they see as unethical or going against their beliefs, according to the study. More than half of employees would take part in a walkout if their employer did something they felt to be unethical or illegal — the number goes up to 66% when looking at just millennials.

The research also noted that 41% of millennials said they have already taken part in a protest against their employer.


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