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The #MeToo Movement Is Still Impacting Workplace Culture, Claims After 5 Years

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The #MeToo movement has grown significantly since its inception five years ago, shining a spotlight on the widespread prevalence of sexual harassment and even violence in workplaces in several countries and leading to more frequent employment practices liability (EPL) claims.

In this episode of Risk in Context, Kelly Thoerig, Michelle Sequeira and Carrie Kurzon discuss the evolution of the #MeToo movement, how it led to cultural changes in workplaces, and how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the claims landscape.

On the need to revisit culture within organizations:

Organizations have this huge opportunity to be revisiting their organizational culture, and I would encourage firms to use a data-driven approach. – Michelle Sequeira

On the need to look for red flags possibly related to sexual harassment:

The absence of reported claims or media scrutiny, unfortunately, in this area does not mean that an organization is in the clear.  – Kelly Thoerig

On sexual harassment in the work-from-home era:

Whilst we are seeing that claims had in the past been around office presence, now the reports are showing that 45% of women in England and Wales have said that they’ve been sexually harassed in an online virtual capacity, whether that is via Zoom, or Teams, or Slack, sexual calls, etc. – Michelle Sequeira

 

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Kelly Thoerig

Employment Practices Liability Coverage Leader at Marsh

Kelly Thoerig is the employment practices liability coverage leader in Marsh’s FINPRO Practice. She is primarily responsible for writing employment practices liability policies, spearheading policy and insurer new product reviews and drafting policy endorsements on behalf of her clients.

Michelle Sequeira

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader at Mercer

Michelle Sequeira is a senior principal and Mercer’s UK and Europe diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting leader. Based in London, she works with a wide range of clients, helping organizations achieve a talent advantage through people. 

Carrie Kurzon

EPL Leader at AIG

Carrie Kurzon is the head of EPL product for AIG Financial Lines, North America, where she is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the EPL portfolio. She works closely with each business unit to identify trends, mitigate risk, and drive innovation in the EPL space.

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