A CALL FOR PUBLIC INPUT: STATE OF VERMONT SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION PREVENTION PROJECT

Montpelier, VT – Are you a trainer or advisor on workplace equity and inclusivity issues in our state, or have you worked with one?  What trainings would be most helpful in your workplace?

The Vermont Commission on Women is currently compiling online educational resources and a directory about work-related discrimination and sexual harassment prevention. The Commission is inviting interested members of the public - employers, workers, non-profit organizations, advocates, and businesses - to provide input and guidance, and to help “crowdsource” experts, resources and information.

Input is being collected through two online forms, both of which can be found on the Commission’s website (women.vermont.gov):

  1. Anyone interested in sharing educational resources, or being included in a directory of trainers, providers, experts and organizations about workplace equity and discrimination prevention should complete the Commission’s online Contact Form at www.surveymonkey.com/r/VTpreventiontrainers.
  2. The Commission is also conducting a Workplace Training Survey for anyone who is a Vermont employee or an employer. This survey will help the Commission gauge what types of information and training Vermonters feel are most needed in their workplaces. The survey is accessible online at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/VTtrainingneeds

The information gathered will be used in a statewide public education and outreach campaign later this year, which includes a new workplace discrimination prevention website.  The project is a result of the passage of recent legislation which allocated funds to the Vermont Commission on Women, in consultation with the Vermont Attorney General’s office and the Vermont Human Rights Commission, to inform and assist Vermont employees, employers, businesses, and members of the public about these issues.  “We aim to make it easier for Vermonters to access the information, training, and education they need to create better workplaces for everyone in Vermont,” Commission Director Cary Brown said.