Posts Tagged ‘sexual harrassment policy’

Sexual Harassment Is No Joke

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Sexual harassment continues to be  a very costly issue in the workplace.   The most recent high-profile incidents involve presidential candidate Herman Cain.  While  CEO of the National Restaurant Association, Cain was accused of harassment and the association provided monetary settlements to several women.   Mr. Cain remarked that “I do have a sense of humor, and some people have a problem with that,”  after the harassment allegations first surfaced, explaining how his actions may have been misconstrued.   All kidding aside, sexual harassment is no joke.  Resolving sexual harassment claims is expensive. Beyond attorney fees and settlement costs, harassment impacts morale and productivity, damages your company’s brand and reputation and limits your ability to hire and retain employees.

It is more cost-effective to take a proactive approach and prevent sexual harassment rather than settle claims.  Watch this 3 minutue video to learn the three steps every business should be taking to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

Close & Personal Relationships At Work- Not A Good Idea

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Falling under the category of “what where they thinking” or perhaps “when in doubt don’t”  the Chairman and CEO Of HP resigned today after an investigation into  violations of  the company’s sexual harrassment policy.  The investigation found that while no harrassment had occurred, expense reports had been altered to cover up his “close and personal relationship” with a marketing consulting hired by his office.  Given that Mr. Hurd received nearly $100 million in total compensation over the past three years he certainly could have afforded to pay out of pocket the estimated $20,000 of “altered expenses”.

Kudo on insisiting on ethical behavior and Mr. Hurd resignation go to the HP board- since Mr. Hurd is acknowledged as the architect of HP successful turn-around and by all accounts a good CEO, despite this recent lapse in judgement, it might have been easier to keep him on and sweep this under the rug.  It will be interesting to see how much of his contracted $12M severance payment he actually receives and will HP also insist on criminal charges.

A series of bad decisions around a personal relationship in the workplace has now lead to the resignation of a highly successful leader, a leadership vacuum at HP,  a decreased stock prices that impact any one who owns the stock, to say nothing of the embarrassment to his wife and family.