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The horrifying news that’s recently surfaced about sexual harassment and assault at Weinstein & Company is sadly all too familiar. This year, we saw other high-profile sexual harassment lawsuits filed within corporate America, and there are no doubt countless incidents that never made headlines. In fact, we hear all the time from women who don’t officially report sexual harassment.
We’ve published a lot of information to help women and victims of sexual harassment identify what to do if sexually harassed, but what about employers and companies? What is the role they should play in crafting policies and creating a culture to ensure that sexual harassment and assault are not tolerated in the first place?
As is (thankfully) becoming increasingly clear, employers can no longer treat the sexual harassment of employees as an inconvenient reality to brush aside. Proactive measures aren’t simply a luxury — they’re a necessity, and something that companies may be judged harshly for not recognizing.
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