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Op-Ed: Sexual Harassment Needs to Be a Firing Offense

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In this op-ed for the Boston Globe Opinion section, BARCC Executive Director Gina Scaramella comments on the prevention of and response to workplace sexual harassment, in light of recent news involving Bill O'Reilly/Fox News, Sterling Jewelers, and Uber. 

Excerpt: "The most powerful way to prevent sexual harassment and assault from occurring in the workplace is to show no tolerance for it. The primary prevention tools of the last three decades have focused on changing individual employee behavior through training and sensitivity seminars. These are ineffective unless company leaders show that they take the issue of sexual harassment and assault seriously. And the most effective way to do that is to end the career of any employee engaging in sexual harassment, regardless of how promising or senior the employee is. When senior leaders will not do that, the only way workplace culture will change is if other leaders step forward."

Read "Sexual Harassment Needs to Be a Firing Offense" on the Boston Globe Opinion website.

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Jessica L. Atcheson
As BARCC’s first staffer solely dedicated to communications, Jessica L. Atcheson leads strategies to advance BARCC’s mission and raise its organizational profile. She develops, implements, and evaluates strategic communications initiatives in a variety of online and offline channels. Prior to joining BARCC, Jessica served as the writer and editor at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights nonprofit. She began her career in nonprofit communications at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she worked as associate editor. She has also earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communication studies from Hamilton College, studied at Oxford University, and served as a survivor advocate through the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program. She volunteers at the Network/La Red, which works to end partner abuse and support LGBQ/T survivors.

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