On Thursday, December 7, the Workforce Development and Audit Committee, which I chair, passed legislation requiring all city employees, members of a Board or Commission and not-for-profit organizations created by the City to complete a sexual harassment training course. This training is similar to the mandatory ethics training currently required for all city employees and will be delivered by the Board of Ethics.
The Department of Human Resources will develop the content for the sexual harassment training for all city employees, including elected officials, as well as any penalties for those who fail to comply with the mandatory training requirement.
Quoting Alderman Laurino, “The sexual harassment training will help clarify any ‘gray areas’ as well as send a regular message to city personnel that this behavior will not be tolerated.” Myself, along with Aldermen Hairston (5th Ward), Cochran (20th Ward), Zalewski (23rd Ward) and Smith (43rd Ward) support Alderman Laurino’s efforts to raise awareness to sexual harassment and have co-sponsored the ordinance.
Today’s vote shows the City Council’s commitment to the education and awareness needed to combat sexual harassment.