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Workplace Harassment Incidents Down in Massachusetts, New Report Says

The number of charges dropped by 6 percent from 2012 to 2013.

Credit: The Network
Credit: The Network

Harassment and discrimination incidents in the workplace are on the decline in Massachusetts, according to a recent report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The Commonwealth had 400 harassment and discrimination charges in 2013, a drop of 6 percent compared to 426 charges in 2012, according to the EEOC's 2013 report, released this month.

By comparison, 93,727 charges were filed in the United States in 2013, a drop from 99,412 charges filed in 2012. 

The Network, a governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions organization, assembled an infographic to highlight the changes even further.

"Preventing harassment and discrimination in the workplace started with a solid code of conduct and anti-harassment policy that includes step-by-step instructions on what to do if an employee learns of violations to that policy," Jimmy Lin, Vice President of product management and corporate development at The Network, said in a statement. "Employees should be educated as to what counts as discrimination and/or harassment and how to appropriately respond to these situations should they arise in the workplace. Managers also need to know how to deal with these issues and when to escalate them. Incidents are often buried by middle managers who do not respond properly or by the time issues escalate, are afraid to get additional help from above. Training methods also need to be brought up-to-date. A comprehensive workplace harassment training program needs to include periodic education as well as follow-up awareness learning and ongoing awareness communications – it can’t be viewed as a 'once and done' exercise."

John Sabourin March 28, 2014 at 04:59 AM
I stand correct in typo - in the case of an active shooter you should have lock down plans - my error when I work the shut down. Plus lock done exercises and documented - similar to fire drills. That too is a culture change because it is warranted and past events have proven that time and time again. Your local police and fire could help guide the company putting such plans in place and identifying areas of safe refuge.
John Sabourin March 28, 2014 at 05:06 AM
If anyone wants any further guidance feel free to email me at Johnsabourin@bellsouth.net. Be safe
John Sabourin March 28, 2014 at 05:13 AM
Also my web site you can contact me as well. http://alawyssafety.com/index.html
Prometheus March 28, 2014 at 07:15 AM
In the case of an active shooter you had better hope you have an armed employee or a police officer.....otherwise your procedures and plans will do little.
John Sabourin March 29, 2014 at 09:05 AM
I agree with you - it's sad we have to have such emergency plans in our schools, places of work, etc... Talk about a culture change Have a great weekend my friend John

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