It is common, career-altering and currently celebrity-driven.
And it is a serious workplace issue that three New Jersey power women are facing head on.
“The calls became more frequent in the fall and come in almost daily,” Karen Kessler, principal and co-founder of Evergreen Partners, a strategic communications firm in Warren, said. “We have had calls from not-for-profit, educational, religious and both medium- and large-size corporations. … We (also) have been engaged in cases involving politicians and other high-profile types, both in New Jersey and in other states.”
Kessler, known best for her more than 25 years of crisis communications and reputation management in the state, said the news is far from being old.
“There are many more accusations to come in industries that have not yet been in the spotlight,” she said. “There is sheer panic in the voices we hear in the phone calls from employers who are really stressed over how to handle it.
“People have gotten away with some really unbelievably aggressive and ugly behavior for far too long.”
ROI-NJ spoke with each of these women to find out more about what they and other businesses are doing to tackle the issue of harassment and assault in the workplace.
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