Momentum Magazine April 2018 Edition - Page 5

LEGAL ISSUES State and federal laws require employers to provide their employees with workplaces that are safe and free from harassment or discrimination. This includes setting and enforcing workplace policies that prohibit sexual harassment, taking immediate action to stop harassment if it occurs, and protecting the rights of people who experience or witness harassment. PEG RUDDY Executive Director Women’s Resource Center (570) 346-4671 According to a 2015 survey by Cosmopolitan magazine, one in three women between the ages of 18 and 34 has been sexually harassed on the job. According to Peg Ruddy, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center in Scranton, employers have a responsibility to prevent and respond to sexual harassment. In this month’s “Ask the Expert,” Ms. Ruddy explains how employers can best address sexual harassment in the workplace. The effects of sexual harassment can be serious for victims, their co-workers and families and addressing sexual harassment in the workplace involves legal, ethical and social issues as outlined here. FRESH FACES “Fresh Faces” is a new feature in Momentum where we meet our newest Chamber members. This month, we spoke to Faith Ann Liuzzo-Bartholomew, owner of FAB Travel Group in Jessup. ETHICAL ISSUES Deeply held values—such as fairness, kindness, respect and concern for others—also come into play in the ways we address sexual harassment at work. Your own moral compass will help to guide you in supporting your co-workers and responding ethically if sexual harassment occurs in your workplace, and will determine how you feel about your choices at the end of the day. SOCIAL ISSUES Our words and actions—or lack thereof—related to sexual harassment infl uence the people and environment around us. Whether you speak up or stay silent, take action or ignore harassing behavior towards others, you shape the culture of your workplace. What kind of workplace culture do you want to build, and how can you contribute to making it safe and welcoming? By ensuring that their policies and procedures are up-to-date and by meeting with staff to reinforce expectations of behavior in the workplace, employers can take steps to prevent sexual harassment. Empower your frontline supervisors and mid-level managers to enforce those policies and quickly reprimand violations with responses that are on par with the seriousness of the violation. The Women’s Resource Center is available for any victim of sexual harassment, call (570) 346-4671 for an appointment. Services are free and confi dential. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO OPEN FAB TRAVEL GROUP? My love of travel is what inspired me to open FAB Travel Group. I was married on a beach at Sandals Southcoast Jamaica and fell in love with the resort, the island and the people. I could not have asked for a more perfect day. When I came home and began talking about my experience and encouraging friends to vacation there, this business seemed like the next logical step. I had the opportunity to start working with a friend at her agency and, within a year, FAB Travel Group was born. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT DOING BUSINESS LOCALLY? Faith Ann Liuzzo- Bartholomew Northeastern Pennsylvania is and will always be my home. The people here are wonderful and unique. They are all hard working and caring, but each client brings something different to the table. Getting to know them and learning about what they like helps me customize vacations to their tastes. Growing up here has allowed me to know my clients better. When I plan their trips, I plan them as if I were planning my own. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN THE CHAMBER? FAB Travel Group • Jessup, PA Member since 2016 Shortly after opening FAB Travel Group, I wanted to become more involved in the community and meet and network with other business owners, so I joined the Chamber. It just made sense. • 5