Turning Pain Into Action: Ensuring Safe Work for All
TIME’S UP was born out of a need to turn pain into action. In a global moment of reckoning, women in Hollywood joined with people across industries to say “enough is enough” — the clock had run out on the epidemic of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.
This reckoning was long past due. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), up to 85 percent of women in the United States report having experienced sexual harassment at work. The EEOC also estimates that 75 percent of all workplace harassment incidents go unreported. And we know that when workers do speak out, they often face some form of retaliation.
No industry is immune, but some are worse than others. And low-wage workers, women of color, and LGBTQ+ workers are particularly impacted, often facing the most discrimination — on top of the harshest working conditions.
Women who experience sexual harassment at work are six times more likely to change jobs, often ending up in less desirable fields with less pay. But the damage from harassment is not only physical and psychological; it also has far-reaching economic repercussions. Companies lose around $22,500 in productivity for every harassed individual.
While there is much to be done, TIME’S UP is dedicated to profound change. By preventing sexual harassment before it starts and protecting workers when it happens, we are committed to making safety the standard in every workplace, regardless of ZIP code or occupation.
TIME’S UP’s validation of how egregious [my experience] was had an immeasurably healing effect for me in moving forward after what I experienced. Thank you for all that you are doing.Carla Manno
Carla's case was supported by the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund
We’re already seeing real progress. In the two years since #MeToo went viral, 15 states have passed new laws to strengthen protections against sexual harassment, and federal law change is on the horizon.
But companies have the power to protect women at work without waiting for additional legal requirements, and some have started to lead the way. But there is still much more work to be done.
The window of opportunity is open for unprecedented change. Together, we can make sexual harassment a thing of the past — something that people only read about in history books. Are you with us? Enter your details below to join TIME’S UP.