Employment Law and #MeToo Movement Lawsuits
With the recent scandals and stories coming out of Hollywood, the nations eye has been pulled to the #MeToo into full focus. This focus has brought with it the empowering of assault victims to speak up publicly about their own experiences. This movement has not only made a significant impact on the lives of victims but has also led to a spike in employment law cases. Each day, more and more victims of workplace discrimination are coming forward and making their voices heard because they feel comfortable enough to do so, as well as take legal action against the responsible party. As the #MeToo movement continues to grow, so too do the number of women who are finding the courage to step forward, seeking their own workplace discrimination lawsuits.
Employers are expected to uphold certain standards within their workplace environment, and if they take advantage of their positions of power they could face serious legal repercussions. Coworkers, industry partners, and anyone else associated through a shared work environment could face legal penalties for inappropriate behavior, especially now that the #MeToo movement has gained so much attention.
The #MeToo movment has and continues to give women a platform they formerly lacked, giving victims a voice, confidence, and freedom to speak out against workplace discrimination. This influx of abuse, harassment, and discrimination complaints subsequently has led to an increase in employment law cases.
#MeToo in Legal Terms
While the #MeToo movement is well-known as a social movement, it is also a legal phrase. This term is used when plaintiffs wish to gather supporting evidence in an employment discrimination case. A plaintiff may envoke “MeToo” evidence in order to present the court with additional evidence to better prove the reality of their claims of sexual harassment or discrimination. Ultimately, this type of evidence can be instrumental in verifying that the employer or co-worker acted unfairly. However, “MeToo” claims can be difficult to gather evidence for and, usually, lack thorough documentation or witnesses.
Regardless, “MeToo” evidence can make an enormous difference in the outcome of a discrimination case. If the plaintiff accuses someone of workplace discrimination and has little to no documented evidence to prove the incident occurred, the plaintiff may invoke “#MeToo” evidence to allow additional victims or witnesses to come forward.
Applying #MeToo Evidence
Courts have often struggled with how to apply “#MeToo” evidence, which is why it is absolutely essential that you work with an experienced employment law attorney like those at Jones Brown PLLCif you have a discrimination case. When the plaintiff has no other substantial evidence, but others have witnessed the employer’s discriminatory behavior in the past, the testimonies of other witnesses or victims could act as evidence.
Mant “MeToo” cases will include multiple other employees adding their own accounts of an employer’s misconduct to that of the plaintiff. In other words, this type of evidence is not used to present a new angle or argument, but support an existing one made by the plaintiff. This can apply to any number of workplace discrimination cases but can include instances of harassment or discrimination based on gender, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy, medical conditions, or race.
Jones Brown Employment Law Attorney
If you feel that you have been the victim of workplace discrimination and you wish to present “MeToo” evidence to support your case, the law office of Jones Brown would like to help. At the Law Offices of Jones Brown, our mission is to make accessible legal help and services for everyone by answering questions at no cost and with no obligation. We aim to make the world of law understandable to all. Our attorneys and staff are committed to adhering to a strict code of professional ethics. We dedicate ourselves to our clients’ best interests and making the legal process as painless and simple as possible for the injured and their family. CLICK HERE to contact a Jones Brown Employment Law Attorney NOW!