#MeToo and the Litigation Funnel

32 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2019 Last revised: 21 Mar 2019

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Charlotte Alexander

Georgia State University - Risk Management & Insurance Department; Georgia State University College of Law

Date Written: 2019


This Article synthesizes two decades of research on the progression of sexual harassment claims through the legal system and adds a new, original, empirical study on the resolution of sexual harassment lawsuits filed in federal district court. It examines the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's charge resolutions, the litigation process, and the incidence of recovery for plaintiffs. In doing so, the Article engages with the goals and effects of the #MeToo movement, asking how well the courts serve the movement's aims of ending sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse and dismantling the underlying structures of inequality and hierarchy.

Keywords: employment law, empirical legal studies, EEOC, sexual harassment, metoo, civil litigation, FEPA

JEL Classification: J78, K31, K19, K41, K42, K49

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Charlotte, #MeToo and the Litigation Funnel (2019). Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, Forthcoming; Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3330795

Charlotte Alexander (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - Risk Management & Insurance Department ( email )

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Room 1142
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States

Georgia State University College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States

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