An important compliance nugget is getting overlooked in disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein’s egregious pattern of sexual harassment involving many of Hollywood’s biggest stars. The salacious nature of The Weinstein Company’s Co-Chairman make it easy to miss the fact that he was using employees to lure his unsuspecting targets into seclusion with him. These underlings were coerced into doing something they knew was wrong, but feared for their immediate jobs and long-term careers in Hollywood if they refused or spoke out.
While doubtful your managers are engaged in such appalling behavior as Mr. Weinstein, there are still many employees coerced into doing things they don’t want — unclaimed overtime, running personal errands, etc. — or worse possibly feel are immoral or illegal. Use this meme (at Harvey’s expense) to tap into the zeitgeist and get a conversation started about what managerial coercion can look like and how to appropriately deal with these situations.
Feel free to take a screenshot and send this to your team.
Bryan Belknap, an award-winning screenwriter, is Creative Director at Resonate Pictures, which specializes in story-based training and branding films. He will be speaking at SCCE Compliance & Ethics Conference in Las Vegas.Tags: code of conduct, coercion, employees, ethics and compliance, harassement, Harvey Weinstein, HR, sexual harassment, whistle blowing