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#MeToo: What Does the Movement Mean for Special Events?

AlliedPRA shares tips on recognizing and stopping "#MeToo" sexual harassment at events.

It’s easy to “like” the “#MeToo” posts on Facebook decrying sexual harassment. But it’s a lot harder to recognize and head off sexual harassment when it’s in your own backyard—or at your own event.

Our sister publications group MeetingsNet just quoted Jamie Gardner, director of talent and team development of AlliedPRA, the big DMC listed on the latest Special Events “25 Top DMCs” list. Gardner shares ways to eliminate the situations that feed the “#MeToo” problem:

According to a United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report on sexual harassment, as shared recently on MeetingsNet: “Sexual harassment is a serious problem for women working in the hospitality industry, due in part to the unusual hours and conditions of work, the interactions of persons in the delivery service, and traditional personnel practices in the industry.”

AlliedPRA developed a white paper to guide our employees and field staff on efforts to eliminate hostile work environments, which is defined in part as unwanted conduct of a sexual nature that interferes with an employee’s work performance.

With this issue being on the forefront of what we see in our feeds, reports of sexual harassment are likely to increase. Which is actually positive. Where in the past employees subjected to sexually harassing conduct may have been apprehensive to make formal complaints for fear of retaliation or social intimidation, now they may feel empowered to step forward … MeetingsNet

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