To start out, it is best to read the laws againstsexual harassment in the work-place. Here is a list of the most commonlyreferred to laws that involve sexual harassment in the work-place. “Sexualharassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the CivilRights Act of 1964. Very generally, sexual harassment describes unwelcomesexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conductof a sexual nature. Title VII is a federal law that prohibits discrimination inemployment based on sex, race, color, national origin, and religion, and itapplies to employers with 15 or more employees, including federal, state, andlocal governments.
” (AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881, 2017)”It is also unlawful to retaliate against anindividual for opposing employment practices that discriminate based on sex orfor filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way inan investigation, proceeding, or litigation under Title VII.” (Eeoc.gov,2017)Send an Email to all EmployeesI would send out an email to all employees. This iswhat I would send the employees:NBC Colleagues:As you likely have seen, the topic of sexual harassmenthas been much in the news lately. With allegations, both of individualwrongdoing and organization cultures that “look the other way” to avoidconfrontation with wrongdoers who may have been in positions of power orpopularity. Victims, of both genders, are speaking up and out againstharassment. We have all been affected by the breadth and depth of thesereports, and we are determined to ensure NBC is and will remain free of allharassment.
We are very proud of the fact that NBC has for years,taken a strong stance against sexual harassment in any form. Through ourpolicies, training, and through our actions when an individual raises a concernabout sexual harassment, we have demonstrated that there shall not be anytolerances for these acts.However, we also know that a strong ethical culture,like most good things in life, requires time and effort to maintain.
We cannotsimply sit back and assume that wrongdoing can’t or won’t happen at NBC.For this reason, we have asked the Ethics andCompliance Office to prepare specific training on the topic of sexualharassment. This training will soon be shared will all employees. We expectthis will serve as a strong reminder of our expectations and our principle ofrespect. The training will emphasize the importance not only of avoidingharassing behavior but also of speaking up if you see such behavior, whether asa victim or a bystander. Sexual harassment is a problem that can often gounreported in the outside world. We need to make sure that this isn’t truewithin NBC.
Rest assured, when allegations of sexual harassment doarise, we investigate them carefully and objectively in accordance with thestandards we use to investigate all allegations of wrongdoing. We take eachallegation seriously, but we do not make assumptions or rush to judgment. Everysituation is unique and, in every investigation, we will always strive tolearn, and objectively evaluate, all the facts, regardless of the gender orlevel of the accuser and the accused.Please join us in refreshing your understanding ofsexual harassment, and the company’s commitment to eliminating it from ourworkplace, when we send the training out.
Of course, there is no need to wait for formaltraining to have a conversation on a topic that is so important. If there arequestions about our policies and expectations, don’t be embarrassed, pleasejust ask. You can direct questions to your manager, your HR manager, or anotherleader or colleague that you can trust. You can also consult the Harassment Preventionand Non-discrimination policy in the policies and resources tab on our website,or contact the Ethics and Compliance Office.
Thanks for all the hard work that you perform, anddon’t forget that we have an open-door policy that allows for you to talk withus anytime that its open. Follow Through with PromisesPrepare the sexual harassment video that will includethese topics: v Whatdoes it mean to be sexually harassed?v Isit illegal to sexually harass someone?v Whatis the law on harassment?v Whatkind of harassment is illegal?v Whatare the effects of being sexually harassed?v Canyou be sexually harassed verbally?v Whatshould you do if you are sexually harassed?v Whatis harassment and what is not?v Whatis the law of harassment?v Whatare some examples of harassment?This list covers most of the concerns of sexualharassment. Make the video where it is easily comprehensible so everybody will understand.If someone that works for NBC doesn’t understand English, make a translatedversion for those individuals. Donate Money to Organizations That Stand AgainstSexual HarassmentThere are organizations that stand against sexualharassment.
An example given would be RAINN. “RAINN (Rape, Abuse & IncestNational Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE,online.
rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 localsexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD SafeHelpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs toprevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators arebrought to justice.
” (Rainn.org, 2017)RAINN is an organization that helps lots ofindividuals, and they are always in need of donations. NBC needs to donatemoney to this organization, and emphasis that they helped this organization.
This will make a public general awareness that NBC stands against sexualharassment.