Office interaction Sexual harassment training can no longer be an annual “check the box” item, but rather an ongoing discussion as education and knowledge about basic human rights is critical in today’s work environment. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The #MeToo movement has taken society by storm, shining a light on lackluster company initiatives. HR departments are finding themselves on the hook for their company’s failure to prevent and address allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace. In the face of these allegations, companies are subjected to liability, defamation and possible litigation.

Fear of these consequences is driving many companies to address these issues head on, to finally start thinking strategically about a focused plan surrounding diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace. Without an overhaul of HR policies companies will increasingly be vulnerable to more scandals.

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