TIME’S UP Response to False and Inflammatory Characterizations
In response to misleading tabloid stories about TIME’S UP’s work, Amanda Harrington, vice president of communications for TIME’S UP Now and TIME’S UP Foundation, provided the following statement:
“TIME’S UP emerged in 2018 from an international moment of reckoning when women across industries and geographies came together and decided to turn their pain about workplace abuse into action to address systemic inequality. Our first and largest initiative was the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, a groundbreaking legal advocacy program.
“Already, the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund has provided legal resources about sex harassment at work to over 5,000 people, three-quarters of whom identify as low-paid workers. In addition, the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund has committed $11 million dollars in direct legal and public relations support for survivors. While most of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund-backed cases are ongoing, 86 percent of the cases that have been resolved have been resolved in favor of the workers the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund supported.
“Recognizing that abuses of power like sex harassment are only possible in workplaces that are fundamentally unequal, we also formed the nonprofit organizations TIME’S UP Now and TIME’S UP Foundation to advocate for systemic change across all industries. Because 2018 was a start-up year for these organizations, it follows that our 2018 expenses were mostly related to our start-up costs, such as legal costs, and recruiting staff that would establish initiatives that would be launched in 2019, such as TIME’S UP Now’s successful push for the TIME’S UP Safety Agenda in New York, TIME’S UP Foundation’s research and policy division, the TIME’S UP Impact Lab, and our Who’s in the Room mentorship program, among others.
“The nonprofit sector, like many women-dominated fields, has long-grappled with under-compensation of professional employees and staff. Our compensation and benefits structures are competitive, both to reflect our commitment to the values of fair and equal pay and to attract and retain the very best talent to work to address some of the toughest, most entrenched barriers to gender equity.”
TIME'S UP Now
TIME’S UP™ Now is the nonpartisan and not-for-profit advocacy arm of TIME’S UP. We advocate for safe, fair, and dignified work for all in the public and private sectors, calling for an end to harassment and other related forms of discrimination on the job. And we fight to rebuild the systems that have taken away women’s power for far too long. TIME’S UP Now is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.