The news is flooded with reports of sexual harassment and victims finally coming forward after decades, for some, of silence. Why? Having cut my teeth on sexual harassment laws and regulations since the early 1980s and watched its ups and downs, one dynamic has remained consistent. Victims do not come forward when the harassment first occurs. Employers invest in training programs for all employees to educate on what sexual harassment is and what the complaint process is and assure employees that retaliation is forbidden. It is that last aspect of the program that simply does not ring true for many victims, which ensures that they will not break their silence and sets the employer up for a workplace problem that could have been shut down at its outset. This blog post addresses how to break employee silence.
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