HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Me Too Movement has sparked an awareness in sexual harassment nationwide, reaching all the way here in Hawaii.
Clayton Kamida is here now from the Hawaii Employers Council to talk specifically about sexual misconduct in the workplace.
Thousands of women make claims of sexual harassment in Hawaii each year. As the stigma of sexual victimization fades and women become more empowered through social phenomenon like the #MeToo movement, the number of harassment claims may rise significantly. In addition to the obvious moral and ethical imperatives to protect employees from sexual predators, this is a critical business issue. It is not unusual for a single sexual harassment claim to cost an employer hundreds of thousands of dollars, not to mention the negative impact on company morale and the potential loss of critical employees. Regulations on sexual harassment are continuously evolving and small businesses are having a hard time keeping up with them.