Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 20

FEATURE

Are There Blind
Sexual Harassm
By Emily Bratcher
MOST ASSOCIATIONS HAVE policies and

procedures addressing sexual harassment in the
workplace, including codes of conduct and mandatory
staff training. But there are a few ways that associations
should extend them to prevent legal fallout.
At a time when women are coming forward and
reporting sexual misconduct and harassment in the
workplace, it's important that organizations ensure they
not only have the proper policies and procedures in
place, but that they also are communicating them to
their staff.
"Most associations - I hope - have policies in their
handbooks that prohibit discrimination and harassment
on the basis of a protected status, including sexual
harassment," said Julia E. Judish, special counsel at
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, a law firm that
advises many associations. "And they have a complaint
procedure, so that if there is a violation, usually the
employee can bring it to HR. And they prohibit retaliation,
and they may or may not do training on it."
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But beyond these basics and working to create safe,
harassment-free workplaces, what else can associations
do to better protect their employees and limit legal fallout
for their organizations? Judish shared three areas
to consider.
Acknowledge the rights of the bystander. Associations
should extend the right to report sexual harassment without
retaliation to observers or bystanders of the behavior, as
well as to the targets themselves. This doesn't mean that
disciplinary action will necessarily be taken, but it does
help create a record.
Judish noted that one of the remarkable aspects of this
cultural moment is that in many cases multiple women are
coming forward and describing similar misconduct by the
same person.
"With a single lone complaint, particularly within the due
process protections and particularly if there's a denial, it's
hard to assess credibility," Judish said. "It's a 'he said, she
said' situation, and so having the additional information
[from bystanders] - has there been a pattern of behavior?



Association Leadership - May/June 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Association Leadership - May/June 2018

Homepage
60-Second Solutions
Ask a Hotelier
Tech Talks Recap
What Every Association Professional Needs to Know About Advocacy
Are There Blind Spots in Your Sexual Harassment Policies?
Email Phishing in the New Wild West
Identifying Email Risks to Your Association
Harness the Power of Your Publication
Meetings Minute
Destination Planner
New Members
Index to Advertisers
Backpack to Briefcase
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Intro
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - cover1
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - cover2
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Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 6
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Homepage
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 60-Second Solutions
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 9
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Ask a Hotelier
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 11
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Tech Talks Recap
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 13
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - What Every Association Professional Needs to Know About Advocacy
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Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 19
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Are There Blind Spots in Your Sexual Harassment Policies?
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 21
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Identifying Email Risks to Your Association
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 23
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Harness the Power of Your Publication
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - 25
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Meetings Minute
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Destination Planner
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - New Members
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - Backpack to Briefcase
Association Leadership - May/June 2018 - cover3
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