Sexual harassment training in vogue for companies after scandals

Training won’t have meaningful impact “unless the people at the top mean it.”

Kantola was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle in an article addressing the uptick in awareness of harassment that is growing around the US and the world, and that has growing implications and consequences for organizations that ignore it:

Some years, Theodora Lee, whose law firm offers anti-harassment and bullying training, receives just one request in November, when companies are winding down and preparing for the holidays. This year, she’s received 10, after scandals engulfed prominent men from film mogul Harvey Weinstein to Sen. Al Franken and Pixar’s John Lasseter.

“It takes a high-profile individual and prompt action such as termination to really get people’s attention,” Lee said.

As the allegations continue to tumble out against male media figures, business leaders and politicians, more companies are seeking training and guidance to prevent misconduct in their workplaces. Firms that offer online or in-person harassment training have seen an uptick in interest.

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Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle