The issue of sexual harassment in the workplace has seemingly been at the forefront of public awareness both in Kansas City and throughout the rest of the U.S. One of the issues that has come to light as a result of the many accusations that have come forth is the seemingly conducive environments that had been created over many years that allowed this sort of harassment to occur. In many cases, victims spoke of being afraid to report what had happened for fear of the power that their harassers possessed. Some may say that this caused many who suspected or even witnessed such abuse to occur to turn a blind eye.
One of the leaders of a national hospital management firm recently admitted as much after accusations made against his business partner recently came to light. The man acknowledged having heard his partner (who has since taken leave of his position) make inappropriate comments to employees, yet denied having witnessed any groping or other physical contact alleged by accusers. Reports from employees within the company, however, make it appear as though the problem goes beyond management. Some who have claimed to be the victims of harassment have said that their complaints were never taken seriously. The remaining partner has recognized the culture problem and cited recent internal actions as steps being taken to create a safer work environment.
When complaints of sexual harassment are not heeded and investigated, harassers may feel empowered to continue such behavior. This may open up employers to potential liability claims due to their inaction. Those needing assistance pursuing such claims may find it in the form of an experienced attorney.
Source: Page Six “Mario Batali’s biz partner admits he knew of sexual harassment” Sager, Jessica, Dec. 22, 2017