Workplace harassment is in the news, but we were talking about it way before it became a media explosion. Now, we’re all talking about it at office parties and dinner parties, but at what point are we willing to consider talking to a qualified HR professional about our company’s risk for workplace harassment?
Think about this for a second:
How would your company’s name look in headlines?
A recent headline on KOMU.com reads: “Jury decides harassment at work and at school contributed to a Missouri teen’s suicide.” The manager of the Dairy Queen was initially charged with second degree manslaughter as a result of her actions; after a year, the charges were downgraded to harassment and bullying . The school district is still trying to defend itself.
For those who are thinking these things only happen in larger cities; this is a Dairy Queen and a school district in a mid-Missouri community, population 1,105
We’re not just talking about larger organizations located in Kansas City or St. Louis.