How to Help Your Employees Report Harassment

There is evidence that suggests women in the workplace continue to keep quiet about the sexual harassment they experience or witness. This may be due to fear of retaliation and lack of clear reporting channels. Often, women who do report unwanted sexual behavior, find the response of their employer to be unsatisfactory. This article suggests three things that HR staff can do to cultivate a workplace that’s based on zero tolerance for harassment, ensure the safety and well-being of employees, and make it easier for employees to report harassment.  

Special Note: If you will be attending the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans next month, consider attending the Harassment in the Workplace session on Monday, June 25, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.in the Morial Convention Center, Room 290. A representative from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will answer your questions, talk about employer liability, explain what you should do if you are a victim of harassment or if you witness, and discuss other specifics related to harassment in the workplace.