Senior RNZ staffer returns to work after allegations of inappropriate behaviour upheld:
This week the Herald reported that a senior staff member at RNZ had been stood down after allegations of sexual harassment. This was not the first time the public broadcaster had been aware of such behaviours in its workplace.
The complaint described the perpetrator as a “creepy man who preyed on young vulnerable women”. Further she reported it was “not a well-kept secret” .
Clearly, the workplace provided unchecked opportunities for the predatory behaviour.
It was not as the CEO asserted a workplace of zero tolerance for such behaviour and the Dignity at Work policy referred by the CEO was clearly a lame document drafted more to make RNZ look good rather than actually address the systemic unsafe and unhealthy work environmental issues.
Until organisations “walk the talk” these behaviours will continue to occur.
Codes of silence and cover ups will do nothing to engender cultural and behavioural changes. It beggars believe that in this case the perpetrator having been found to have behaved sexually inappropriately was returned to work with the complainant under the guise of the “framework of employment legislation and obligations to “our people”.
What is RNZ thinking. How could it get the law so wrong? It had a superior duty of care to protect the safety of the complainant not the perpetrator.
If it is zero tolerance and the policy say so, then that is it. One strike and you are out. Such offending goes to the heart of the employment relationships. Shame on you RNZ. Publicly funded organisations should lead by example.
The MEtoo movement has made it clear what decent New Zealanders demand . The law ought to be interpreted in the context of the rule of law as expressed by the New Zealand public. Sexual predation has no place in our workplace.
Leadership comes from the top. Culture and ethos of workplaces will not change whilst there is tolerance.
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