Striking the Right Tone on Workplace Harassment

The following is a segment of an article that appeared in The Stamford Advocate on March 4, 2018 and features comments from OperationsInc CEO David Lewis. To view the original article, please click here.

By Alexander Soule

On “Good Morning America” last week, comedian Jimmy Kimmel suggested he will have some fun hosting the Academy Awards Sunday night, given last year’s snafu presenting the Oscar for best picture and the material it opens up for his monologue.

He expressed reservations, however, about his ability to strike the right tone when it comes to the #MeToo movement that has galvanized attention like never before on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. He has plenty of company.

It is a tightrope many people are still walking on the job today, according to David Lewis, CEO of OperationsInc in Norwalk, which has conducted workshops for years on sexual harassment prevention in the workplace and procedures for dealing with it when it occurs. The firm also conducts investigations of harassment allegations for companies that do not want their HR staff handling those interviews in the interest of objectivity; or on behalf of small-business owners who have no personnel staff.

Inquiries for both training and investigations by OperationsInc are up fourfold since August, according to Lewis, with his firm having five trainers handling the workload and plans to add another soon to dedicate time to those sessions.

And across Connecticut, there are plenty of signals that awareness is escalating on other fronts, including action in the state General Assembly and in the private sector, including a Hartford forum in late April by the Connecticut Bar Association to help employers update their thinking on workplace sexual harassment prevention.

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