Talking about sexual harassment in the workplace has never been the easiest topic and the most of the time pleas would fall on deaf ears. Now, with the great help of the #MeToo movement, talking about what’s happening in the workplace has become even more significant.
In Snyder County alone, the movement provided a reminder to government leaders to properly educate and train their 200 public employees.
Chairman Joe Kantz is quoted saying, “My thought is if anyone is wronged, they have every right and responsibility to make it known. The hard thing about this subject is that it’s almost always he said/she said, he said/he said or she said/she said. That’s why education is needed for both sides.”
To help employees recognize what is appropriate workplace behavior and to allow for a more safe work environment for everyone, training will be put into place through Crystal Clark.
The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCPA) has received a lot of requests from companies who are reaching out to them. They said that it’s empowering people to come forward and it tests how companies would react.
Meanwhile, at the Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, the university has been granted with a $299,000 three-year grant from the Department of Justice that will be used to create the position of the Office on Violence Against Women Program.
Barbara Johnson, the director of workforce diversity and inclusion and Title IX coordinator, is quoted saying “Now that people are speaking out, I think men will do it less because it won’t be the norm for this behavior to be accepted. People have a hard time understanding that in our culture.” They have hopes that the grant will provide a culture on the campus that any sexual misconduct is not appreciated and acceptable, and will not be tolerated in any way.