Harassment in the Workplace...It's Not Just Hollywood

December 15, 2017 | 1756 Views

Harassment in the Workplace...It's Not Just Hollywood

Michele Lange

Director of Training and Development | The Habit Burger Grill

Since the story broke regarding the unacceptable sexual misconduct of Harvey Weinstein, there is a new public figure accused every day. According to a Times Magazine article by Samantha Cooney published on November 9, 2017, there are now 36 high-profile people accused. They are high-powered directors, actors, senators, and comedians. And yes, chefs, restaurateurs, and hoteliers.

Last month, an open letter to the hospitality industry by Tom Colicchio was published. He called out our industry’s culture of widespread sexual harassment; a culture that has gone on for decades.

What can WE do to protect ourselves, our employees, and change the culture, so a new generation does not think it’s okay to be the harasser or not speak out as a victim? Here are a few stats from a 2014 survey by Restaurant Opportunities Center United to support why this is important.

How do you keep your employees safe?

I don’t have the complete answer to how this can be fixed, but I do know, we need to work together as a collective group to change the culture.

We can make a difference.

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