Is your HR department effective at stopping sexual harassment, or are they like many of the companies described by The New York Times, “ineffective”? There are many reasons why HR can’t put a stop to all discrimination and harassment (of all kinds, not just sexual harassment), but we can change that. Here are the problems and solutions.
Problem: “HR’s client is the company, which means that HR is supposed to protect the company’s interests.”
This quote comes from Cynthia Calvert, a discrimination lawyer and senior adviser to the Center for WorkLife Law in San Francisco, in an email to the New York Times. Calvert is right that this can be a problem. This is how you end up with low-level people (usually female) getting ignored or offered small settlements to go away, in order to protect a senior level superstar (usually male).
Solution: Change the Company’s Interest
To keep reading, click here: Ineffective HR Makes Sexual Harassment Thrive. Here’s How to Fix it.