What happens when accountability means different things for different people?
Based on a Bloomberg Businessweek report from 2016 on sexual harassment at work and continuing accounts from the #MeToo movement. Participants are confronted with the internal political consequences of failing to penalize repeated sexual harassment.
“I know everyone keeps calling it sexual harassment, but it’s not like I raped somebody. I think they did what they had to do to be politically correct and that’s it. I mean really, how much of an overreaction would it be to screw up my career over something like this?”
Question posed by Justin, the character found to have repeatedly harassed a colleague.
what you'll learn
Participants are positioned as a manager, and asked to answer questions from a female coworker who was sexually harassed, and from her harasser who’s received multiple promotions. They're asked questions that prompt them to examine underlying assumptions about the effect of sexual harassment and women’s place in the workplace by considering on an individual level how sexual harassment and openly sexualizing coworkers affects team dynamics, as well as the consequences of lax enforcement and underlying value placed on men’s careers versus women’s careers. Peers listen and anonymously give feedback to each other’s responses, grading on logical clarity, depth of understanding, and empathy.
- First-line management
- Procedural justice
- Sexual harassment