Aimee Kaye, President and CEO of Sageview Consulting, was recently interviewed for a segment on sexual harassment in the workplace on WPTV-News Channel 5 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Following is the article and link to the video.
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – What started with the fall of a Hollywood icon, has reached the halls of Congress, and into every workplace nationwide.
Powerful men accused of using their position to sexually harass subordinate women. We’ve seen men like Matt Lauer lose their jobs but now the question is, what change is happening among managers.
“It’s a power struggle,” said Arthur Schofield, who represents employees in disputes. “It’s a power demonstration.”
But now the powerful are falling and it doesn’t just boil down to media and politics.
“Is it cultural? Probably but you can have every bit of that kind of behavior in a Mcdonalds, in a restaurant, in a Walmart, or a Target,” said Robyn Hankins, an attorney who represents employees and companies. “Anywhere people work together and there are differences in power.”
It has now left people wondering what exactly crosses the line?
“Not all sexual behavior in the workplace is offensive,” she said. “Many, many people meet their spouse in the workplace. There is dating within the workplace that’s not sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is unwanted, unwelcome sexual behavior that is towards you.”
Human Resources executive Aimee Kaye, who now heads up Sageview Consulting, and was in charge of HR for Madison Square Gardens for 20 years, said victims have to know where to turn for help.
“As we all know, everyone doesn’t always read those policies even though they sign off on them,” she said. “So in my mind, the best defense is anyone who is being sexually harassed knows where to go and what they’re supposed to do.”
Some experts say this all comes down to company culture. If you are told not to complain, that can be a difficult habit to break.
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