Hollywood's sexual harassment problem has a message for our workplaces

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Hollywood is rampant with award-winning and world-renown actors being exposed or accused of sexual harassment and assault. Within the last month, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. have followed producer Harvey Weinstein as celebrity elites with a history of sexual aggressions.

For the first time in recent history, both the film industry and popular culture at large are re-evaluating how women in the entertainment industry are treated and taking sexual violence seriously by punishing aggressors.

As this issue takes a seat at the table of social awareness in multimedia productions, it is important to also start noting what takes place in common workplaces.

In order to combat sexual violence in the workplace, here are a few “quick fixes” or general examples of things to look out for and change for a safer environment:

·         Sexual innuendos

·         Comments about bodies

·         Sexually explicit gestures

·         Sexist humor

·         Pornography in the workplace

·         Public humiliation

·         Pressure for dates or meetings

·         Indecent exposure

The list of “quick fixes” is courtesy of Martha Langelan’s “Back Off! How to Confront and Stop Harassment and Harassers.” For more information on how sexual harassment is handled legally and how you can ensure your workplace is a safe place, visit:  http://www.feminist.org/911/harasswhatdo.html

Lance LijewskiComment