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Topic Tuesday: Assault and Harassment

Mary Ramirez Community Leader Sep 11, 2018

Last week many mourned the loss of soul diva, Aretha Franklin. Ariana Grande was one of many celebrities who performed at Aretha's funeral. Shortly after, pictures swarmed the internet of Ariana Grande's uncomfortable body language after being held tightly by the Bishop.

I'd like to discuss the following with the group:
1. Does your organization have a standard, process, or representative in place to address assault or harassment in the workplace?

2. How can organizations create a zero-tolerance sexual assault/harassment culture and climate?



Mary Ramirez Community Leader Sep 11, 2018

Hi everyone,

When I was enlisted in the United States Army, we had EO and SHARP representatives in every unit. Everyone who was new to the unit was introduced to these representatives. Their information was also posted in our common areas and they also had an open door policy. Additionally, we were briefed on the reporting procedure quarterly. 

I think this constant presence created a zero-tolerance culture and climate. It also made many of us feel comfortable knowing someone was available to help, provide resources and act upon the situation.  

Hey Mary!

Answering the first question, here at Atlassian we do have people here to go to when we feel uncomfortable in the work environment. That would be our Human Resources team, they help with any types of emotional or physical problems were dealing with in the work environment. That includes sexual harassment, racism, etc... any of which is in violation of our privacy and feelings.


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