We live in a completely different era when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace and the awareness that people have of this critical issue. Before, sexual harassment was still something that companies addressed, even if it wasn't enough. Now, with the #MeToo movement and a number of high-profile sexual harassment and sexual assault cases bringing eyes to the matter (including Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Louis CK, and many others), there is a palpable feeling in the air that something is finally changing.
According to TrainUp, a company that provides workplace training services for companies, they received 267 requests for their sexual harassment training services in January 2017. Last month, they received a staggering 2,150 such requests.
Increased and more readily-available training is a massive step in the right direction in preventing sexual harassment, or any other workplace issue. It is great to see requests for sexual harassment prevention training skyrocketing, and we can only hope that with more training, there will be fewer employees and companies that allow or perpetrate this heinous act.
However, we are not naive. Sexual harassment will still, sadly, continue to happen in workplaces. There will be disgusting employees and companies that think this issue can be swept under the rug, or that their behavior somehow isn't inappropriate. The victims in these cases should pursue their cases to the fullest extent of the law.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "More companies invest in training to prevent sexual harassment — but it might not be doing much good," Roger Showley, Feb. 20, 2018