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To Prevent Sexual Harassment, Change the Culture, Shrm CEO Tells California Lawmakers

Magazine article HRMagazine

To Prevent Sexual Harassment, Change the Culture, Shrm CEO Tells California Lawmakers

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Creating and maintaining a harassment-free workplace is not just a legal priority but is also essential for a healthy workplace, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM, told California lawmakers in January.

"HR can be a social force for good," said Taylor, who spoke at a hearing of the California Legislature's Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response.

The hearing focused on best practices for cultural change regarding sexual harassment and was a bipartisan effort to improve the culture in the state legislature.

"Culture always trumps compliance," Taylor said. Relying solely on rules and education to address sexual harassment doesn't work, he noted. Employers could demand that every employee take 10 hours of sexual harassment training each week and harassment will still happen. Employers also should establish a healthy culture by taking swift action, demonstrating transparency, and being practical about people and their relationships with one another.

SHRM is committed to eliminating all forms of harassment in the nation's workforce, Taylor said, urging the state legislature to lead by example. Hollywood, Wall Street and the legislature are all susceptible to sexual harassment situations, Taylor told the subcommittee. …

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