Jan. 26, 2018: SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT - Sexual Harassment Prevention Starts with Cultural Change

January 26, 2018

By Lisa Nagele-Piazza, SHRM-SCP, J.D.

Creating and maintaining a harassment-free workplace is not just a legal priority but is also essential for a healthy workplace, said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Speaking Jan. 24 to the California Legislature's Joint Committee on Rules Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response, he said, "HR can be a social force for good."

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and CEO of SHRM

The subcommittee hearing was on best practices for making cultural changes in an effort to address and eliminate sexual harassment.

The hearing was designed as a bipartisan and bicameral approach to find ways to improve the culture in the state legislature and to craft new policies on sexual harassment.

The committee plans to have a number of conversations with experts and HR practitioners, according to state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles. The focus is on sexual harassment, she said, but the committee should look beyond that to the broader issues of gender equality and creating an overall culture of inclusion. "Now is the time to really push the envelope forward to continue to have conversations about workplace culture and the role women can and must play in the workplace."

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