From California to Connecticut, laws that aim to expand reporting, improve workplace training and eliminate secret settlement are being written by the various State governments.
We've seen stories of settlements over the past 10-15 years in the millions of dollars, so our tax dollars have been settling cases out of court.
While the financial impact of this is definitely a cause for concern, the fact there have been so many back room deals to settle makes it apparent that the environment of harassment has been larger than many have us have thought.
Companies need to take a long look at their current policies and procedures around protection of employees and the company around harassment.
The challenge I see is that if there's a claim of harassment, often times the investigations are being handled internally. That puts the organization at risk, of not being biased or creates a conflict of interest, depending on the parties involved.
If your organization is interested in an external review of your workplace violence and harassment policies and procedures, message me and we can schedule a call.
Article sources: https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Senate-Democrats-propose-strengthened-legislation-12627516.php
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