Friday, April 21, 2017
Op-Ed: Sexual Harassment Needs to Be a Firing Offense
In this op-ed for the Boston Globe Opinion section, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella comments on the prevention of and response to workplace sexual harassment, in light of recent news involving Bill O'Reilly/Fox News, Sterling Jewelers, and Uber.
Excerpt: "The most powerful way to prevent sexual harassment and assault from occurring in the workplace is to show no tolerance for it. The primary prevention tools of the last three decades have focused on changing individual employee behavior through training and sensitivity seminars. These are ineffective unless company leaders show that they take the issue of sexual harassment and assault seriously. And the most effective way to do that is to end the career of any employee engaging in sexual harassment, regardless of how promising or senior the employee is. When senior leaders will not do that, the only way workplace culture will change is if other leaders step forward."