On February 28th, the City Council held a public hearing on proposed legislation to address sexual harassment in private and public sector workplaces.
The proposals include a requirement that private businesses, such as restaurants and bars, provide anti-sexual harassment training to all employees, enhanced training for supervisors, and to conspicuously post signs about harassment in the workplace. The NYC Hospitality Alliance attended this hearing and is closely reviewing these proposals, which we believe have merit and must be seriously considered. As you know, we have been working with the hospitality industry to address the issue of harassment and developing respectful and safe workplaces.
Earlier this week more than 250 hospitality industry professionals attended our 2018 State of the Industry conference where we hosted a panel titled, Stopping Sexual Harassment. We brought together human resource professionals, victim advocates, lawyers, and investigators to discuss solutions for how our industry can address this issue. We are also in the process of finalizing a more detailed anti-sexual harassment conference for this spring that will provide our members with a further opportunity to "ask the experts" and discuss the nuanced aspects of setting reporting systems, adapting appropriate training policies and an overall approach to integrating sexual harassment policy into the workplace.
We will share additional information about these legislative proposals and conference as it becomes available.