Official: New anti-harassment measures have helped city employees come forward

Pat Loeb
February 09, 2019 - 4:00 am
City Hall, Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Philadelphia officials say their new anti-harassment measures have helped city employees come forward with complaints.  

“I'm very proud of the work that the team has done,” said Monica Marchetti-Broc, director of the Mayor's Office of Labor Relations.

Her office is overseeing the policy Mayor Kenney created with an executive order in July of 2018.

“Overall the policy is doing what it set out to do, and I think that it's going to do a great service to the city,” she said.

The policy includes mandatory sexual harassment prevention training for all employees and supervisors, and a new online reporting tool.

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In the first six months, the city received 40 complaints, about four times as many as in a typical six month period.

“I think the policy has raised awareness,” Marchetti-Broc said.

She says half the complaints involved incidents that happened before the new policy.

Investigations have been completed in 16 of the cases. Nine were substantiated -- most of them involving a hostile work environment, but one included a case of retaliation against an employee. Disciplined ranged from suspension to a verbal warning.