After sexual harassment and rape allegations against indie movie mogul Harvey Weinstein made headlines last October, social media campaigns like #MeToo were used to raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual harassment, especially in the workplace. More recently, allegations of “sexual misconduct” have been made against former Ontario PC leader, Patrick Brown, by two former staff members.
2) Take all complaints seriously. All claims of sexual harassment should be heard and investigated. If claims are ignored, a business runs the risk of being sued. Involve outside investigators, if necessary, and ensure a report is made on the findings. Employees should know how to make a complaint, what the process will be and how guilty parties will be punished.
3) Work to create a safe and inclusive workplace. Instill a set of core values for your company that promotes inclusivity and freedom from harassment of any kind. Employers and managers should lead by example by creating an environment in which all workers feel safe and respected. No one should be above the law and all workers should feel free to make a complaint without fear of reprisal.