Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy takes action

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The Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy held its first meeting on Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an executive order on December 6, announcing the Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy.

According to the Governor’s office, the seven member board is tasked with reviewing current harassment and discrimination policies within every state agency that falls under the executive branch, as well as researching and identifying the most effective ways to create work environments that are free from any form of harassment or discrimination.

The duties of the task force members include the following:

  • Review the sexual harassment and discrimination policies of each state agency within the executive branch.
  • Research and identify the most effective mode of training to prevent workplace sexual harassment and discrimination and evaluate the effectiveness of the existing video state employees are required to view each year.
  • Develop a protocol for sexual harassment and discrimination policy orientation for new employees, those participating in any state sponsored training academy and employees promoted to supervisory positions.
  • Research and identify the specific conduct that should be prohibited by sexual harassment and discrimination policies.
  • Research and identify a clear reporting process when an allegation is made as well as the most appropriate action that should be taken once an investigation is completed.

The seven member board will make specific recommendations to ensure uniformity of sexual harassment and discrimination policies across the agencies.

The task force will submit a report to the governor regarding its findings no later than March 1, 2018.

Before January 1, 2018, all state agencies within the executive branch are tasked with reviewing their policies relative to sexual harassment and discrimination.

Those state agencies must submit a detailed report to the commissioner of administration.

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