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Effective Oversight Means Sometimes Taking a Second Look

By April 24, 2019 September 3rd, 2019 No Comments

News last week that a big tech company is reviewing claims of workplace sexual harassment originally overlooked by its human resources department provides another strong example for people who advocate the need for a strong and open working relationship between HR and the ethics and compliance team.

The situation came to light, according to a report in Quartz, through an email chain of the company’s female employees, who shared stories of unwanted advances, boorish comments and other types of improper and discriminatory behavior. The emails attracted the attention of the head of HR, who promised to individually look into those claims that were passed over.

This is an example of what can happen when HR and ethics and compliance are not working together as closely as they could be. Getting compliance and HR to forge closer partnerships was a topic during a panel discussion I moderated last month at Ethisphere’s Global Ethics Summit…