Just a year ago, the first #MeToo complaints in relation to Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein hit the presses. Although the movement itself has been around for several years, it was likely the Weinstein accusations that initiated a deluge of sexual harassment and misconduct complaints against men in the media, politics and other fields. Thanks to survivors standing up and speaking out with credible allegations, a number of wrongdoers lost their positions of power. Some have even faced criminal charges.
With all the talk of sexual harassment and misconduct these days, a lot of people are confused. What actually constitutes sexual harassment? What conduct is illegal at work? Can you get in trouble merely for offending an especially touchy person? Is giving someone a pat on the back going to get you fired?