Ostracizing targets of workplace sexual harassment before and after the #MeToo movement

Stephanie E.V. Brown, Jericka S. Battle
  • Equality Diversity and Inclusion An International Journal, February 2019, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/edi-09-2018-0162

Ostracizing targets of workplace sexual harassment before and after the #MeToo movement

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What is it about?

This article discusses the impact of ostracism on sexual harassment, both before and after the #MeToo movement.

Why is it important?

Ostracism, though a seemingly minor offense, has quite the impact in the work force. Those who are ostracized can lose out on workplace relationships and opportunities. Prior research has indicated that those who disclose workplace sexual harassment are at risk of both intentional and unintentional ostracism. Many choose not to disclose because of the fear of ostracism. However, the #MeToo movement has served as a way to help individuals overcome ostracism by connections to an online community with similar experiences.


Stephanie Brown
Texas A&M University System

Preventing targets of sexual harassment from reporting their experiences can cause further harm to the target, their coworkers, and the organization as a whole. While more research on the relationship between sexual harassment and ostracism is needed, we should begin to examine ways in which organizations can support those who have experienced harassment and enable them to come forward, free from the negative impacts of ostracism.

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