Focus on workplace harassment intensifies amid Weinstein allegations

Michael Ronnebaum
October 20, 2017 - 5:14 am

The Harvey Weinstein scandal is placing fresh emphasis on the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace.

More than three dozen women have publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment. 

When it comes to workplace harassment, companies should establish a protocol, said Karen Glickstein, a shareholder with the Polsinelli law firm in Kansas City.

"Train your managers on what your policies are, what to do if somebody reports harassment and train the employees as well," Glickstein said.

Glickstein said there are two types of harassment; hostile environment, which includes things like pinups and inappropriate jokes, and quid pro quo. 

"Somebody says to you, if you don't have an affair with me you're not going to have a job," Glickstein said. "Those kinds of harassment cases, those quid pro quo cases, are much more rare."

People continue to take sexual harassment more seriously as time goes on. Most employers want to provide a safe environment for all workers, Glickstein said. 

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