Following several high profile sexual harassment allegations amongst members of Congress, in November 2017, the House and Senate passed a resolution requiring sexual harassment training for all lawmakers and staff. This mandatory in-person training will soon become a reality for the approximately 11,000 congress men and women in Washington, D.C. and district offices. The training contract was awarded to FranklinCovey, widely known for author Stephen Covey’s bestseller, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. FranklinCovey advertises itself as a “world leader in helping organizations achieve results that require lasting changes in human behavior” and focuses on providing “content, tools, methodology, training and thought leadership.” The training sessions will last approximately 90 minutes and will focus on identifying and preventing harassment, informing employees of their options for reporting misconduct, and creating a culture that emphasizes workplace civility.
By Sarah Gilbert, M.S. and Yevonessa Hall M.P.S., EEO Compliance Manager and Senior Consultant at DCI Consulting Group, Inc.