Tuesday, May 79:40 am - 10:20 am
#Metoo is about more than just isolated instances of sexual harassment. The movement carries lessons for all organizations, big and small, on how to effectively deal with workplace misconduct related to issues of diversity, whether sexual harassment or instances of ethnic or racial discrimination. In 2013, attorney Michael Behrens undertook an investigation of racial and ethnic bias and intolerance at a major research university on behalf of a blue-ribbon commission. In this talk, he will discuss what he learned from that investigation, the concrete steps organizations large and small can take to prevent such incidents from occurring, and how to respond effectively when they do. From zero-tolerance statements to policies, from the duties of corporate diversity officers to the basics of fact-finding investigations, Mr. Behrens explains the essential steps all organizations must take to prevent a workplace culture hostile to women and/or minorities from taking hold and to ensure that their organization does not become another corporate America cautionary tale.
You will learn:
- The essential duties of any diversity officer
- Which non-discrimination policies work, and which do not
- The characteristics shared by all effective internal investigations