In the wake of the MeToo movement, HR pros have taken a lot of heat for mishandling harassment complaints. Here are five stories about when they got it right. Members may download one copy of our sample forms and templates for your personal use within your organization. Neither members nor non-members may reproduce such samples in any other way e. That said, an unfortunate consequence of all the media coverage is that human resource professionals have been widely portrayed as either complicit or ineffective when attempting to address sexual harassment. Those who work in HR have been criticized for failing to support harassment-free work environments, for not properly investigating complaints and for participating in cover-ups such as cash settlements to victims for signing nondisclosure agreements.
How to Investigate Sexual Harassment Allegations
Thwarting Sexual Harassment: 5 Success Stories
In the spring of , Redbook magazine invited HBR to conduct a joint survey on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. Among the questions that needed to be addressed: How critical is the problem? Is it pervasive? How difficult is it for top management to spot and prevent harassment?
Sexual Harassment…Some See It…Some Won’t
Four women describe how it feels to face harassment in jobs from waitressing to painting and decorating. I started as an electrical apprentice in , and for the first six months I loved it. I became friends with one of the bosses and he started sending me suggestive text messages.
Make sure you have the knowledge and training you need before any complaints surface. Members may download one copy of our sample forms and templates for your personal use within your organization. Neither members nor non-members may reproduce such samples in any other way e. In fact, it reads like a primer on what not to do in sexual harassment inquiries.