Category: Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment: Where to start and why it matters

Sexual harassment in the workplace has been ignored, tolerated, overlooked, and somehow perpetuated for years, decades and maybe centuries. It’s only now that we’re experiencing a dramatic cultural inflection, brought on by the courage of some women who were angry, frustrated, and tired of being held captive by their fear

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Fixing Your Harassment Crisis Before It Hits

Suppose your organization learned that its flagship process, product, or service had a catastrophic flaw—one so serious that if left unaddressed it could harm the public, ruin the organization, or cause it to rapidly lose its market share to the competition. How would your organization act? Would it issue a

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Harassment in the Headlines… Your Questions Answered

ELI recently hosted a nationwide webcast to address the onslaught of harassment claims in the headlines. The interactive discussion allowed HR and training professionals to tackle essential questions about behavior, training, and corporate culture. Here’s a recap of the questions that were addressed along with the key insights provided by

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Food for Thought from Fox

Yesterday morning, I wrote a short blog concluding that Fox News would likely face long-term reputational damage if it allowed Bill O’Reilly to continue hosting The O’Reilly Factor. Before I could post it, Fox announced the end of O’Reilly’s twenty-year career with the network. As a broadcast superstar, Bill O’Reilly

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ELI CEO Featured on XpertHR podcast

This summer, a number of high-profile sexual harassment complaints brought the issue front and center, sparking critically important conversations about behavior in the workplace. On a recent episode of XpertHR’s podcast, ELI President and CEO, Stephen Paskoff, addressed sexual harassment and the need for organizations to consider an alternate approach

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Was a “Superstar Harasser” Out Foxed?

Less than two weeks after Gretchen Carlson filed her harassment suit against Roger Ailes, the powerful chairman of Fox News is reported to be leaving his employer with a healthy severance package. We may never know what happened. Yet, if Ailes leaves now, his name will be attached to the

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EEOC recommends new approach to harassment prevention

Last week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its recommendations for a new, more effective approach to preventing harassment in the workplace. In the 18 months prior, the Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, worked closely with sociologists, industrial-organizational psychologists, investigators, trainers, lawyers,

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The Bonfire of Silicon Valley – Kleiner Perkins on Trial

Last month, a California jury ruled in favor of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, a leading venture capital firm, rejecting Ellen Pao’s claims of sex-based discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As I followed the case, I wondered how Kleiner’s principals would have evaluated a possible investment target whose senior leaders were

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An Open Letter to San Diego's Next Mayor

Dear New Mayor of San Diego: We expect you to understand that sexual and other forms of unlawful harassment are prohibited.  One might have believed that to be well-accepted, however San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner’s responses to allegations of sexual harassment from ten women (so far) suggest that it may

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Sexual Assaults in the Military and Mission Effectiveness

You’re a soldier. You’re flying a plane, operating a piece of war machinery, mapping a battle plan, supporting your squad, or in the middle of combat. You’re on guard for the enemy. The night before you fought off a sexual assault.  Or maybe you tried but couldn’t.   You’re sore, shocked,

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