Creating a culture of transparency takes tremendous work. Employees often have concerns about facing retaliation if they report abusive or illegal activities within the company. Since it’s difficult to put oneself in another’s shoes, however, management can sometimes be tone deaf to these legitimate fears.

Use this clip from the film “North Country,” which is based on a true story, where the employee reporting workplace harassment is presented with resignation papers. This intimidating scene will help viewers feel what it’s like to sit on the other side of the table and hopefully produce a productive conversation about creating a healthier climate.


How did you feel about the employee in this scene? About management?

What form of retaliation was taken against the employee?

What other types of retaliation might an employee experience?

What fears would you have if you were considering reporting something in our company?

What can management do to alleviate employee fears about facing retaliation?




Bryan Belknap, an award-winning screenwriter and speaker, is Creative Director at Resonate Pictures, which specializes in story-based training and branding films. His new ebook “How to Teach Ethics and Compliance with Hollywood Movie Clips” is available for free download.


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