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WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Tuesday released a report on the state’s sexual harassment policy and reporting procedures. In December, as part of his focus on improving workplace conditions for state employees, Governor Carney directed Secretary Saundra Ross Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Human Resources (DHR), to analyze the state’s current policy and training and recommend ways to improve the state’s policies and procedures.
“As we all know, in recent months, allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace have emerged across our country,” said Governor Carney. “The State of Delaware, like all employers, has an obligation to protect our employees from facing harassment and assault of any kind. That’s why I asked Secretary Johnson to prepare this report, and to look at ways we can improve the state’s policies and procedures. We will take appropriate action on all of the report’s recommendations.”
DHR presented its report to Governor Carney summarizing current Executive Branch policies, practices, and procedures and made recommendations for improvements. The report identified the need to revise the state’s current anti-discrimination and sexual harassment policies; streamline the monitoring and reporting process; and mandate consistent sexual harassment awareness and prevention training across state government.
The report includes completion dates for each recommendation. DHR will report publicly on the status of the recommendations and their implementation.
The Department of Human Resources, responsible for the implementation of these recommendations, was created in July 2017 by House Bill 4, to help confront issues important to state employees, improve the delivery of human resources services, and promote diversity and inclusion across state government.
“DHR has a responsibility to create and sustain an environment for State employees that is free from discrimination, sexual harassment, and assault,” adds Secretary Johnson. “We are committed to achieving this by implementing the recommendations of this report and developing consistent and clearly defined policies, practices and procedures.”
Read the full report here.
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