Addressing the Persistent Issue of Sexual and Workplace Harassment
In the last few years, no other ethics and compliance issue has seen as much media coverage as sexual harassment. And this can be just the tip of the iceberg. The EEOC states that majority of people who experience sexual harassment in the workplace (up to 94%) do not report it. With movements like #MeToo empowering people to speak out, employers need to all they can to protect their people and their reputation.
Creating a workplace culture where employees feel safe and respected means designing and implementing a workplace harassment prevention program that adapts to emerging issues. The political environment, social events and technological developments can all influence workplace harassment.
In some cases, national and state legislation is requiring employers to aggressively reduce sexual and workplace harassment. Recently, New York State and New York City passed laws that require every employer have an updated anti-sexual harassment policy and to deliver annual interactive training to address sexual harassment. Multiple other jurisdictions are considering similar laws. Trends are indicating turning a blind eye to harassment is no longer tolerated.
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