#MeToo – How to prevent and address workplace sexual harassment. MRA – The Management Association releases free podcast

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January 02, 2018
WAUKESHA, Wis. (December 19, 2017) – In response to the recent flurry of public sexual harassment
allegations and the #MeToo movement, MRA – The Management Association has created a FREE
Podcast to provide organizations with practical solutions for preventing and addressing workplace
sexual harassment.

“Organizations need to disrupt sexual harassment compliance training,” says MRA’s Instructional Design
Manager, Lindsey Hofmann. “Raising awareness is essential, but employers must teach employees what
sexual harassment looks like and sounds like with practical examples, and not just check the compliance
training box. Training should be ongoing throughout the year.”

Often, traditional sexual harassment prevention training has focused more on the legal aspects,
according to MRA’s HR Government Affairs Director, Michael Hyatt. “Employees need real-life examples
so that they can recognize sexual harassment.”

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has reported that the number of sexual
harassment charges over the last several years has stayed steady but that retaliation charges have risen.
“It’s important to maintain civility in the workplace after a sexual harassment complaint,” says Hyatt.

This free, 15-minuted podcast is available for download. According to MRA’s Director of Member
Content, Lynell Meeth, “We hope this podcast will encourage organizations to start conversations about
their culture and what open communication, trust and respect actually looks like.

In addition to the podcast, MRA is offering organizations a free fact sheet “Nine Ways Managers Can
Eliminate Harassment” and a free Harassment Policy Checklist: 

“We want organizations to have the tools and information they need,” says MRA Human Resource
Training Director, Amy Wangerin. “In light of the #MeToo movement, we are offering this podcast to
help organizations create a culture that is comfortable, safe and free of harassment free.”

MRA provides a 24/7 HR Hotline allowing members to call anytime, day or night, with their HR concerns
and questions. (Hotline is also available to nonmembers - limited use). MRA member organizations will
also have access to a Sexual Harassment Prevention Toolkit. MRA can provide harassment handbook
policy review, one-on-one coaching, third party investigation services, e-Learning and other workplace
training programs.

About MRA-The Management Association
Founded in 1901, MRA-The Management Association is a not-for-profit employer association that serves
more than 4,000 employers headquartered in the Midwest, covering more than 800,000 employees
worldwide. As one of the largest employer associations in the nation, MRA helps its member
organizations thrive by offering a wide range of HR services, information, education, resources and
training opportunities to help build powerful workplaces and workforces. MRA helps organizations with
everything related to human interaction in the workplace and conducts more than 2,000 learning events
each year. Headquartered in Waukesha, Wis., MRA has regional offices in Palatine, Ill.; Moline, Ill.; and
Plymouth, Minn. To learn more about MRA, visit

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