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How to Handle Claims of Harassment or Misconduct in a MeToo World

March 7, 2018  |  Janine Yancey

The #MeToo movement has empowered people to speak up about inappropriate, sexually-charged behavior. But there are still lingering questions: Is it okay for me to handle issues myself? At what point should I escalate it? If I do escalate, what does that look like?

As a company leader, you are likely tasked with answering these questions and might be confused about the right answers. We’re here to help. I’m Patti Perez and I’m the VP of Workplace Strategy at Emtrain. As an attorney and workplace crisis manager, I’ve spent many years providing expert guidance to help resolve workplace issues.

What should you do if you’ve been exposed to sexually-charged or sexist behavior?

What if you find yourself in the uncomfortable position of being exposed to some level of misconduct at work? Well, if you’re experiencing anything similar to what we’ve heard about with Harvey Weinstein, you need to address it immediately. You can and should make a formal report internally and perhaps consider engaging an external attorney on your own.

But what if the behavior you’re being exposed to is less severe, which is much more common in the workplace? Is there a blueprint or set of steps you can follow to address these situations? Is there language that is effective, powerful, and respects the rights and responsibilities of all parties?

Watch my latest video #MeToo If It Happened to Me and download my latest guide What To Do If You’ve Been Sexually Harassed in the Workplace and you’ll find several practical and doable approaches to handling very sensitive and difficult situations.

How Emtrain can help

Emtrain has developed powerful training courses that go the heart of the harassment problem, organizational culture. If you think that your organization would benefit from training and guidance in the time of the #MeToo movement, register for a no obligation, free course trial of our sexual harassment prevention course.

Janine Yancey

Janine is a passionate advocate for healthy workplace culture. As a former employment lawyer, Janine founded Emtrain to bring a blend of educational content, technology, behavioral science, and data analytics to stop harassment, bias and ethics violations and improve workplace behavior. Janine served as an expert witness in 2018 to the California Senate and helped draft California's newest harassment training law (effective January 2019). Janine is frequently interviewed on workplace culture topics and has been quoted in The Washington Post, Fast Company, Fortune's The Broadsheet, USA Today, Bloomberg Business, TechCrunch, and Startup Grind.

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