Preventing Chiropractor Sexual Misconduct & Harassment
According to the American Chiropractic Association, there are more than 70,000 practicing chiropractors and 40,000 chiropractic assistants in the U.S., serving more than 35 million patients annually. Chiropractors help patients with many types of disorders, especially pain in the joints, neck, and back.
While chiropractic care can be very beneficial, the nature of the service does carry situational factors that need to be addressed:
- The patient can be in a vulnerable position: lying on a table, lacking knowledge, potentially in pain, and placing their trust in the hands of the service provider. This creates a power imbalance between the practitioner and the patient.
- Services can take place in a closed room where the chiropractor and patient are the only ones in the room together.
- Physical touch is a key aspect of the service.
These dynamics between chiropractor and patient, if not considered, can serve as a fertile environment for sexual misconduct.
The consequences of sexual misconduct by a chiropractor are real:
- Criminal charges
- Angry patients
- Lawsuits and insurance claims
- Threats to the brand and business
Imagine your patients saying:
- I love getting my service here
- I feel safe here
- I feel supported
- I can trust that I am in good hands
- I can tell my story to someone who understands
Redirect Can Help
Redirect can help your chiropractic business create a safer workplace through:
- Code of Conduct Development
- Employee and Manager Training
- Audits and Reporting
“I can honestly say that I have learned valuable skills from Redirect. Everything from how to best approach employees to implementing better practices for training, and I feel more confident in my approach having Redirect as a part of our safety mission. Thank you for everything this company brings to the table.”
How can Redirect help to reduce incidents of sexual harassment and misconduct in the chiropractic industry?
- Helping employers develop clear codes of conduct and training programs
- Investigating each allegation of misconduct in a scientific, trauma-informed, and objective manner
- Analyzing data and providing insights on employee behavior and suggested management changes
- Interrupting problematic behavior before it escalates
What are the benefits of Redirect to my workplace?
- A safer work environment for service providers and service recipients
- Fewer and less severe incidents of misconduct
- More trust from your customers, which leads to stronger footing for your business
- Better documentation for legal or insurance purposes
- Handling each allegation in a timely, fair, and impartial manner
From Our Clients
“As a manager, no matter how hard you try, there is always a personal feeling involved when it’s your team that makes it impossible to stay unbiased.”
From Our Clients
“Everything went well. Redirect even provided a translator. I like the process being in someone else’s hands to help make the decision.”
From Our Clients
“If I get a complaint about someone who is billing 40 hours a week, am I really not going to think to myself, ‘I don’t want to lose this person?’ Probably not. And using Redirect, it is completely unbiased.”
Preventing sexual misconduct in the workplace requires a scientific, trauma-informed, and objective approach combined with the right plan.
What’s Your Plan?
If your organization is serious about addressing and preventing sexual misconduct, Redirect can help.