Press

April 2019 - wall street journal

Joe Biden Navigates Complaints About Touching as 2020 Spotlight Looms

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll shares why Joe Biden’s response to allegations of inappropriate behavior towards women changed her mind about supporting him for the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. Read the full article here.

“I would’ve considered supporting him if his response to these stories would’ve been different,” said the former Democratic aide, who went on to co-found the Purple Campaign, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting workplace sexual harassment. “But in light of his response, I would not support him as the nominee.”

April 2019 - broadly

Reckoning with the Joe Bidens of the #MeToo Movement

In the wake of Joe Biden’s response to allegations of inappropriate behavior towards women , Purple Campaign President Ally Coll shares why leaders must understand the experiences of people who have been historically discriminated against, especially in the workplace. Read the full article here.

“I was really surprised to see him making light of these stories,” Ally Coll, one of the women who accused Biden of inappropriate touching, told Broadly. “There’s a responsibility on our leaders in this moment to try to understand the experiences of people who have been historically discriminated against, especially in the workplace. Joking about those experiences does not demonstrate that to me.”

April 2019 - washington post

Three more women accuse Biden of unwanted affection, say apology video doesn’t quell concerns

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll discusses why Joe Biden’s behavior was inappropriate in the context of a work situation and further explains the implications of his response in the #MeToo era. Read the full article here.

“There’s been a lack of understanding about the way that power can turn something that might seem innocuous into something that can make somebody feel uncomfortable,” said Coll, who consults with companies about their workplace policies. Coll said Biden’s video demonstrated “a continued lack of understanding about why these stories are being told and their relevance in the #MeToo era.” 

April 2019 - Vox

HR experts: We’d nip Biden’s behavior in the bud

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll discusses her take on how Joe Biden’s behavior would be viewed in the workplace context post #MeToo. Read the full article here.

“What’s interesting here is really the way this is shifting in light of the #MeToo movement,” said Ally Coll, cofounder of the campaign HR consulting firm Bright Compass. “Now I think that a lot of employers are starting to train people and put in place policies that do address these smaller incidents and clarify some of the grey areas around what is appropriate and inappropriate on an individual level without necessarily needing to rise to the point where the company would be at risk of a lawsuit.”

March 2019 - Los Angeles Times

Internal investigations in sexual misconduct cases often protect the accused

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll discusses the unique set of challenges that the corporate world confronts when investigating workplace sexual harassment, especially when it comes to assessing witness credibility. Read the full article here.

“What kind of burden of proof are you looking for to see if the allegations are true or credible?” said Ally Coll, a lawyer and founder of the Purple Campaign to end workplace discrimination. “There is no standard for that in the corporate world like there is in the criminal world, where there is a legal system and instructions for a jury about what they have to find and how to decide a witness is credible. So it is very easy for a company to say something is not credible, especially if they want to keep someone around, like the head of a studio.”

February 2019 - Office of congresswoman cheri bustos (D-il-17)

Bustos Leads the Charge to End Forced Arbitration Agreements that Prevent Sexual Assault Survivors of Receiving Justice

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll joined renowned #MeToo reform advocate and television news anchor, Gretchen Carlson and Vice President for Legislative Affairs at Public Citizen, Lisa Gilbert, in support of Congresswomen Cheri Bustos’ latest sexual harassment reform bill: the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act. The bill would would void forced arbitration agreements that prevent sexual harassment survivors from getting the justice they deserve. Read the full statement here.

“Currently, a majority of non-union employees are subject to boilerplate employment agreements that force them to give up their right to file a civil lawsuit in the event of harassment, making it literally illegal for them to access the legal system at all,” said Ally Coll, President and Co-Founder of the Purple Campaign. “By eliminating this practice in workplaces across industries, this bill represents a critical step forward and will go a long way toward creating the lasting change we need.”

February 2019 - Buzzfeed

2020 Campaigns Are Prioritizing Sexual Harassment Policies In Response To #MeToo

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll discusses how 2020 Presidential campaigns are focusing on workplace harassment in response to #MeToo. Read the full article here.

“I do think that this is top of mind for everybody," said Ally Coll . "I think there's also so many people running in the 2020 primary that it's in the best interest of the candidates to create a workplace that would attract the best talent.”

January 2019 - The Lorne Epstein show

Experts Talk about Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll joins National Women’s Law Center’s Senior Counsel for State Policy, Andrea Johnson and the CEO of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Jonny Taylor on the Lorne Epstein Show for a discussion on workplace sexual harassment. Listen to the full episode here.

“We are seeing across companies real consequences occurring as the result of people speaking up and policy change coming out of this moment,” Coll said. “It is really important to acknowledge that people are also confused about what is ok and what is not. I think employers have a responsibility to clarify what those behaviors are, and that’s the way policy and culture can interact.”

January 2019 - AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

Is Time Really Up for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace? Companies and Law Firms Respond

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll discusses how the legal community can help create a cultural shift concerning workplace sexual harassment. Read the full article here.

“There’s a huge opportunity for lawyers to be leading on this issue,” says Coll, noting that in-house lawyers, for example, often take the lead on developing policies and practices. “Law firms are often advising employers and clients on these issues, even for other law firms.”

January 2019 - The washington post

Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 policy agenda: Universal paid family leave, publicly funded elections, improving gender and racial equality

From proposing key reforms to combat sexual assault in our military to serving as a driving force behind passing Congress’s latest #MeToo bill, Purple Campaign President Ally Coll tells the Washington Post why Senator Kristin Gillibrand’s unwavering commitment to addressing workplace sexual harassment with meaningful policy change is of critical importance. Read the full article here.

Gillibrand and Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) “have been the key leaders on this issue, especially since #MeToo started,” Coll said. “(Gillibrand) is probably the member of the Senate with the strongest understanding of this issue and the complicated dynamics in creating policies to fix it.”

December 2018 - Los Angeles Times

#MeToo law restricts use of nondisclosure agreements in sexual misconduct cases

In September 2018, outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that would prohibit nondisclosure provisions in settlements involving claims of sexual assault, harassment or discrimination based on sex. Purple Campaign President Ally Coll discusses the importance of California’s new NDA law on #MeToo. Read the full article here.

“This bill will help force more transparency and accountability on the part of employers”, Coll said. “NDAs allowed employers to systemically settle claims in a way that did not address the problem,” she said.

December 2018 - Newsy

#MeToo Effort In Congress Not Over Despite Changes

Former Congressional staffer and Purple Campaign President Ally Coll discusses the importance of Congress’ latest #MeToo legislation — the Congressional Accountability Reform Act — and the fight to create lasting change on Capitol Hill. Watch the full video here. 


December 2018 - associated press

Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies

The Purple Campaign shares the impact of Congress’s recent decision to enact the Congressional Accountability Reform Act. Read the full article here.

“Down every hallway and behind every door in Congress are good and dedicated people — often young people — who work long hours for little pay in hopes of improving the world around them” the groups said. “They deserve to serve their country in an institution that serves and protects them, and we’re hopeful these reforms will do just that.”

December 2018 - NBC

Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies, Trump expected to sign

The Purple Campaign discusses Congress’s latest sexual harassment reform bill — the Congressional Accountability Reform Act (CAA), and its role in creating a more transparent, accountable, and harassment-free workplace on Capitol Hill. Read the full article here.

"These changes will provide the congressional workforce with the resources and protections they deserve, while making members of Congress more accountable to the constituents they serve.”

December 2018 - NBC

Deal on sex harassment claims in Congress forces lawmakers to pay out of their pockets

After months of stalled negotiations, the Purple Campaign applauded Congress’s bipartisan efforts to pass the Congressional Accountability Reform Act (CAA), just days before the 115th Congress adjourned. Read the full statement here.

"While early reports indicate that the final agreement may not include some important provisions we have advocated for, we are nonetheless thrilled that major reform of the Congressional Accountability Act appears poised to finally become law

November 2018 - wgn radio

Midterm Election Eve Special with WGN Radio Host Patti Vasquez

On the eve of the 2018 midterm elections, Purple Campaign President Ally Coll joins WGN Radio’s Patti Vasquez to discuss what to expect at the polls and the power of women voters. Listen to the full segment here.

 

October 2018 - health.com

6 Women Share How #MeToo Changed Their Lives a Year After Harvey Weinstein: 'I've Gone From Victim to Survivor'

Nearly a year after #MeToo went viral, Purple Campaign President Ally Coll opens up to Health about her own #MeToo moment and how it fueled her fight to end sexual harassment across industries. Read the full article here.

“If I’d told my story before #MeToo took off, I’m not sure it would have had the same impact. Realizing there was an opportunity for lasting policy change to come out of this, I launched the Purple Campaign, a nonprofit whose mission is to end workplace sexual harassment through better laws and stronger corporate policies.”

september 2018 - new york magazine

The Bad, Good Lawyer: Was David Boies just doing right by Harvey Weinstein? Or did he cross an ethical line?

“One young associate, a former Hillary Clinton campaign worker named Ally Coll, asked whether Boies might consider stepping down from his position. Boies dismissed the suggestion. The next month, in a Washington Post column, Coll announced she was leaving the firm to start the Purple Campaign, an advocacy group devoted to issues of sexual harassment.” Read the full article here.

SEPTEMBER 2018 - Roll Call

Assault Survivors Make Last-Ditch Pleas Against Kavanaugh

In the wake of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, Purple Campaign President Ally Coll wrote to Senator Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski, and U.S. Senator Susan Collins. In the letter, she shared her experience with sexual assault in Congress and urged them to send the right message to those who come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. Read the full article here.

“I chose to write to you not only because you are key votes on the nomination, but because your public comments before yesterday’s hearing indicated you understand this is a civil rights issue, not just a political one. I hope I am right about that, because the country is watching.”

SEPTEMBER 2018 - PBS NEWSHOUR

Sen. Grassley should give Kavanaugh’s accuser the investigation he says #metoo victims deserve

In an OpEd, Purple Campaign President Ally Coll explains why Senator Chuck Grassley should provide Dr. Christine Blasey Ford with the investigation he says victims of sexual misconduct deserve in the wake of #MeToo — especially when the allegations implicate powerful federal judges. Read the full article here.

“Despite acknowledging just three months ago that our existing system “doesn’t always protect victims” who speak out “against powerful judges,” Grassley has refused to provide Dr. Ford (despite her repeated requests) with precisely the kind of independent investigation he recommended Congress mandate for all sexual misconduct allegations…”

SEPTEMBER 2018 - POLITICO

Ex-aides in Hill sexual harassment scandals tell Congress: Finalize a misconduct deal

In a letter to Congressional leadership, Purple Campaign President Ally Coll joined six other former congressional staffers, who have come forward about experiencing sexual harassment while they worked in Congress, in asking lawmakers to finalize Congress’s sexual harassment bill. Read the full article here.

“We hoped that our experiences — and those of many more who remain nameless — would spur Congress to fundamentally reform the deeply flawed system it now uses to address claims of harassment and discrimination,” the former aides wrote in a letter sent Thursday. “But it has been nearly one year since the #MeToo movement shed needed light on the prevalence of harassment and assault in our workplaces and yet no legislation has become law. We are dismayed and disheartened by Congress’s failure to act and take care of its own.”

SEPTEMBER 2018 - Scripps

Finalizing the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA)

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll discusses the importance of the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) and why lawmakers must act now on finalizing the CAA. Watch the full video here. 

SEPTEMBER 2018 - CNN

Former congressional aides push for long-stalled sexual harassment legislation

In an open letter to Senate and House leadership, seven ex-congressional staffers, including Purple Campaign President Ally Coll, urged lawmakers to complete long-stalled sexual harassment legislation on Capitol Hill. Read the full article here.

SEPTEMBER 2018 - HUFFINGTON POST

Former Capitol Hill Staffers Call Out Congress’ Inaction On Sexual Abuse Policies

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll and six other former congressional aides urge leaders on Capitol Hill to act on their stalled efforts to reform the legislative body’s procedures for handling sexual misconduct claims. Read the full article here.

June 2018 - law360

Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

Purple Campaign Legal Fellow Isabel Finley discusses the critical role law schools play in holding employers accountable to their sexual harassment policies. Read the full article here. 

June 2018 - the Wing, Washington d.C.

#MeToo: Movement on the Hill

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll hosts a discussion on #MeToo and the current fight for reform with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA-14), #MeTooNatSec Leader Jenna Ben-Yehuda, PBS News Hill Correspondent Lisa Desjardins, and former Hill staffer and reform advocate Anna Kain.

JUNE 2018 - Roll Call

Former Staffer’s Nonprofit Strives to Combat Sexual Harassment

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll sits down with Roll Call to discuss how the Purple Campaign is working to end workplace sexual harassment through action, education and elections.

“I just felt strongly that this moment was an opportunity for real, substantial policy change,” Coll said of the #MeToo movement. “I was concerned that it may become just a moment of awareness-raising and wanted to ensure that it turned into a moment where we saw workplace policy change and also public policy change come out of it.”Read full article here. 

JUNE 2018 - The Hill

#MeToo, Congress and the Supreme Court: Who gets the last word on sexual harassment?

In the wake of the Supreme Court's latest pro-arbitration ruling, Purple Campaign President Ally Coll and North Carolina Deputy Solicitor General Ryan Park say legislation that would end forced arbitration agreements for sexual misconduct claims should be next on Congress’s #MeToo agenda.

"And because the Supreme Court stands poised to stymie state-level solutions, Congress is the only entity that can fully address the problem. This legislation should be next up on Congress’s #MeToo agenda." Read full article here. 

may 2018 - PBS Newshour

#MeToo & Sexual Harassment Reform in Congress

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll discusses #MeToo and sexual harassment reform in Congress with PBS Newshour. Watch the full program.

"I was really moved by what the House did in January. As a former Hill Staffer, I was a little cynical about Congress's ability to quickly get things done -- but they did. They responded really quickly to this moment and with a bill that makes a lot of really important changes. It's been dismaying to see it held up in the Senate for so long."

april 2018 - adweek

When #MeToo Came to Madison Avenue

Purple Campaign President Ally Coll discusses #MeToo's culture of silence with Adweek :

“Until recently, this systemic problem was kept in the shadows by a legal regime that exacerbated the very power imbalances that allow harassment to occur in the first place." Read Full Article. 

MARCH 2018 - LAW 360

Munger Tolles Arbitration Dust-Up May Spark BigLaw Changes

"Ally Coll, co-founder of the nonprofit Purple Campaign aimed at ending workplace sexual harassment, said she believes Munger Tolles’ leaked document and the swift social media pressure placed on it and other legal industry players is the closest event to a #MeToo moment that the legal world has faced."

“To see that begin organically and to have such a quick response from a major law firm...sends a big message to other law firms that they need to begin looking at their policies,” Coll said. Read Full Article

MARCH 2018 - THe BATTERY, SAN FRANCISCO

#MeToo, Now What?

Purple Campaign cofounder, Jessica Patterson joins Airbnb General Counsel Rob Chesnut in a conversation on the #MeToo movement and how companies, business leaders and employees can create change in the workplace. Watch Full Program

Source: The Battery, San Francisco

MARCH 2018 - Election university podcast

#MeToo on the Campaign Trail

Purple Campaign Cofounder, Jessica Patterson joins Election University on their latest podcast to discuss what's ahead for #MeToo and what we must do to create lasting change across all industries. Listen below

February 2018 - Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate WFMZ-TV, The American Law Journal

Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo/Weinstein Era.”

Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate WFMZ-TV, The American Law Journal presents “Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo/Weinstein Era.” Christopher Naughton welcomes former Boies Schiller attorney Ally Coll, founder of The Purple Campaign, who joins the conversation via satellite from Washington DC. Watch Full Program

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February 2018 - LAW360

Kozinski Case Highlights Need for Deep Judicial Reforms

Even if the council does not have the authority to review the complaints against Judge Kozinski, it has an obligation to investigate the actions and policies that may have enabled the alleged misconduct to go on for years, according to Ally Coll, co­founder and president of the Purple Campaign, a new nonprofit aimed at ending workplace sexual harassment. "To the extent there is any question about whether the judicial branch has the authority to conduct such an investigation, Congress should take action to remedy that," Coll said. Read Full Article


JANUARY 2018 - The American Lawyer

Ex-Boies Schiller Associate Launches Campaign to End Sexual Harassment

Just a week after leaving her position as a litigation associate at Boies Schiller Flexner in Washington, D.C., Alexandra “Ally” Coll announced her new gig in a piece she wrote for The Washington Post on Jan. 25. In doing so, Coll added her voice to a growing chorus of women coming together to fight systemic workplace sexual harassment. Coll, in tandem with former London School of Economics and Political Science classmate Jessica Patterson, has now launched a new nonprofit called The Purple Campaign. Read Full Article


JANUARY 2018 - The Washington Post

Why I Left My Corporate Legal Job to Work Full Time On #MeToo

Last week, almost exactly a year after Donald Trump was sworn in as our 45th president, I left my job at the prestigious law firm Boies Schiller Flexner. At first blush, Trump’s administration appears to have little to do with the firm founded 20 years ago by a well-known champion of progressive causes who represented Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore during the 2000 recount. But for me, the two have become inextricably connected. Read Full Article


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