ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House introduces legislation requiring the disclosure of settlements in sexual harassment cases. Some women working in congress have said they didn’t know where to complain and in the Illinois state capitol, and dozens of allegations have not been investigated because of a lack of leadership in the ethics office.
Gloria Carter-Hicks, president and CEO of Hicks Carter Hicks, a training and development consulting firm aims to speak to those who may feel they don’t know what sexual harassment is. Carter-Hicks says the bottom line of a company’s policy is to ensure that all employees feel welcome and are treated with respect, and touching or inappropriate comments are clearly out of bounds.
“Those things can be defined in your policy, but you’re not going to be able to define everything. Here’s what I say: If you don’t want something showing up on the front page, the internet, Facebook, Twitter, that you would be embarrassed about, for your family to know, then don’t do it,” she says.
She also says companies should make clear to employees who they can go to in order to complain about their treatment in the workplace.