In her latest Justia blog post, Professor Lesley Wexler discusses how the concept of restorative justice might apply to the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. She writes:
"How might principles from restorative justice be applied in the current moment? One possible example might be the recent interaction of Megan Ganz, a television show writer, and her former boss Dan Harmon. After Megan Ganz called Dan Harmon out on Twitter, a virtual community of millions, for his harassment and abuse of her, Harmon recently offered a lengthy apology on his podcast which included a very specific acknowledgment of the variety of ways in which he had created a toxic work environment including gaslighting and retaliation. He also detailed efforts he was undertaking to prevent himself from behaving the same way in the future. In addition, Harmon also called on the community to stop attacking Ms. Ganz. In return, Ganz linked to the podcast, massively increasing the audience for the podcastbecause of its subsequent media amplification, and accepted his apology."
Wexler goes on to raise some difficult questions and suggests that, regardless of how they are answered, "the invocation of restorative justice suggests the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements are adding new concepts and tools to their existing arsenal of legal and social tools."
Read the full post at verdict.justia.com.