ENDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT

March 24, 2018 at 4:45 am

As the nation struggles with how to manage sexual misconduct in the workplace, the New York City Council and allied groups are calling for sweeping changes and more protections in the workplace. Carole Wacey, CEO of The Women’s City Club of New York, joins us to discuss potential approaches to ending workplace harassment.

Aired on March 23, 2018. 

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>>> AS THE NATION GRAPPLES WITH
HOW TO CONFRONT SEXUAL
MISCONDUCT, THE NEW YORK CITY
COUNCIL HAS PRESENTED 11 BI
BILLS -- WOULD BE REQUIRED TO
PRESENT TRAINING TO PREVENT
MISCONDUCT.
NEW YORK CITY WOULD JOIN STATES
LIKE MAINE AND CALIFORNIA THAT
MANDATE SEXUAL HARASSMENT
TRAINING.
CAROL WASSEY WHO IS THE CEO OF
THE WOMEN'S CITY CLUB AND IS
PART OF OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE
OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH HERE ON
"METROFOCUS."
WE'RE PLEASED TO WELCOME HERE
BACK TO THE PROGRAM.
>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.
>> I SHOULD SAY YOU'RE NOT ONLY
A PREVIOUS "METROFOCUS" GUEST,
BUT YOU ARE SLPT IN CHARGE OF
OUR EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND WE
MISS YOU.
IT'S GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK, AT
LEAST FOR SIX MINUTES.
>> I MISS YOU AND EVERYBODY HERE
AT WNET, YOU DO GREAT WORK AND I
CONTINUE TO WHERE A FAN OF
"METROFOCUS."
>> YOU RECENTLY APPEARED BEFORE
THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL
OFFERING A FIVE POINT STRATEGY
TO DEAL WITH SEXUAL HARASSMENT
IN THE WORKPLACE.
>> IT'S REALLY AN IMPORTANT
TOPIC THAT'S BEING ADDRESSED
RIGHT NOW.
WHAT WE HAVE OUTLINED IS REALLY
A VERY STRAIGHT FORWARD
FIVE-PART POLICY, LOOKING AT
EVERYTHING FROM THE IMPORTANCE
OF PUBLIC EDUCATION, THE STUFF
YOU DO HERE "METROFOCUS,"
GETTINGE
GETGE
GETTING WORD OUT TO THE GENERAL
3
POPULATION, MAKING SURE KIDS GET
EDUCATION ALL THE WAY THROUGH
COLLEGE AND INTO THEIR CAREER.
AND MAKING SURE THAT VICTIMS
HAVE PLACES TO GO, MAKING SURE
PERPETRATORS ARE HELD
ACCOUNTABLE.
AND ALSO FOR GENERAL EMPLOYERS,
MAKING SURE THEY PUT MEASURES IN
PLACE.
>> BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCE
BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL AND YOUR
INTERACTION WITH THE MEMBERS
AFTER YOU HAVE TESTIFIED, DO YOU
GET A SENSE THAT THE COUNCIL IS
TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY, PERHAPS
MORE SERIOUSLY THAN EVER BEFORE?
>> SUPER SERIOUSLY.
I THINK THIS IS A BIG ISSUE.
AND WHILE DISAPPOINTED THAT WE
HAVEN'T COME SO FAR, VERY
EXCITED THAT THE CITY COUNCIL
LED BY HELEN ROSENTHAL WHO
CHAIRS THE WOMEN'S COMMITTEE HAS
REALLY LAID OUT A VERY
AGGRESSIVE, VERY BROAD BASED
AGENDA, REALLY TACKLING
EVERYTHING FROM ANYONE WHO DEALS
WITH THE CITY AS A CONTRACTOR,
TO MAKING SURE CITY AGENCIES
ADDRESS THESE ISSUES IN A
COMPREHENSIVE WAY.
>> YOU KNOW AS WE ALL KNOW, OVER
THE PAST YEAR, WE HAVE HEARD
FROM MANY WOMEN, COMING FORWARD,
TELLING THEIR STORIES AND NOT
JUST ABOUT SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN
THE WORKPLACE, THEY HAVE TOLD OF
STORIES SURROUNDING ISSUES OF
GENDER EQUALITY.
I WONDER, FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE,
WHERE, ON ISSUES SURROUNDING
J
GENDER EQUALITY, WHERE HAVE WE
MADE REAL PROGRESS IN THE
COUNTRY AND WHERE ARE WE STILL
FALLING SHORT?
>> JUST IN NEW YORK THIS PAST
YEAR, THERE WAS A DECISION THAT
YOU CANNOT ASK EMPLOYEES ABOUT
PAST SALARY HISTORY.
THAT MAY NOT SOUND LIKE A BIG
DEAL, IT IS A BIG DEAL.
BECAUSE SO OFTEN WOMEN AND
MINORITIES IN PARTICULAR HAVE
BEEN DISADVANTAGED SO TAKING
THAT PIECE OF INFORMATION AWAY
FROM EMPLOYERS JUST TO PUT
EVERYONE ON A LEVEL PLAYING
FIELD.
WE SHOULD ALL BE APPROACHED BY
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE BRING TO
AN ORGANIZATION, THERE'S THINGS
LIKE THAT, BUT THEN YOU LOOK AT
SOMETHING LIKE THE EQUAL RIGHTS
AMENDMENT, WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING
FOR THAT FOR ALMOST 100 YEARS
ESSENTIALLY.
I WENT WITH MY MOTHER ON A BUS
BACK IN THE EARLY '80s FIGHTING
FOR THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT.
THE GOOD NEWS IS IT'S ALL AT THE
FOREFRONT NOW, WE'RE TALKING
ABOUT THESE ISSUES AND WE NEED
TO MAKE SURE WE TURN THIS HASH
TAG, ME TOO AND OTHERS, INTO
ACTION.
>> YOU SAID THAT EDUCATION IS A
CRITICAL ELEMENT IN BRINGING
ABOUT A CULTURE OF RESPECT.
WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION ARE YOU
TALKING ABOUT?
AND HOW DO WE GET IT?
>> FOR EXAMPLE HERE IN NEW YORK
CITY, MAYOR BLOOMBERG ACTUALLY
REQUIRED SEX ED IN SCHOOLS BACK
IN 2011.
WE DID SOME, THERE WAS SOME
ANALYSIS BY COMPTROLLER STRINGER
AS WELL AS MAYOR DE BLASIO TO
LOOK AT THAT AND THE CHALLENGING
THING IS IT HASN'T REALLY BEEN
PUT INTO EFFECT.
SO THERE'S A TASK FORCE NOW
THAT'S IN PLAY, THERE'S A LOT OF
THINGS HAPPENING AT THE CITY
LEVEL TO ADDRESS THIS, AND I
THINK ALL THESE ISSUES THAT ARE
HAPPENING IN THE MEDIA AND
OTHERWISE ARE ACTUALLY BRINGING
IT TO THE FOREFRONT.
SO WHAT WE WANT TO SEE FROM AN
EARLY AGE, LITTLE KIDS LEARNING
ABOUT RESPECT AND CONTROL OVER
YOUR BODY CERTAINLY, BUT JUST
HOW WE TALK TO EACH OTHER, BOYS
AND GIRLS ON THE PLAYGROUND
TRANSLATES TO BOYS AND GIRLS IN
THE BOARD ROOM.
>> AN ONLINE GUIDE THAT PROVIDES
LOW INCOME WORKERS WITH HEALTH
CARE, CHILD CARE, THINGS LIKE
THAT.
TELL US ABOUT THAT IN IN THE
SHORT TIME WE HAVE LEFT.
>> MAKING SURE YOUR CITIZENS
HAVE ACCESS TO FREE AND LOW COST
RESOURCES.
THIS GUIDE IS OUT THERE, WE HAVE
UPDATED IT SINCE 2012, WE WORK
ON IT CONSTANTLY.
COME, YOU CAN SEARCH IT, IT'S
VERY SEARCHABLE, YOU CAN HAVE
FEEDBACK, IF YOU WANT YOUR STUFF
UP THERE.
WE ALSO HAVE A PRINT VERSION SO
THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE COMPUTER
ACCESS, WE'LL MAIL IT OUT.
>> CAROLYN, AGAIN, IT'S SO GOOD
TO SEE YOU.
>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

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