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Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry

The restaurant industry is a major employer in the United States, with nearly 16 million workers in the year 2020, according to the National Restaurant Association.

Whether at luxury hotels, worldwide franchise organizations, or local independent restaurants, the restaurant and hospitality business is growing, with middle class jobs increasing three times faster than the rest of the economy.

While restaurants are critical to our economy and our culture, persistent allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the restaurant industry, including fast-food, quick-service, and fine-dining sectors, have highlighted the need for change.

Preventing Sexual Misconduct & Harassment in the Restaurant Industry

Some say a reckoning is coming. The #metoo movement is not slowing down.

Claims of an unsafe or hostile workplace can lead to lawsuits, executive firings, employee protests, or walkouts. Aggrieved customers, through social media, can target companies that don’t respond appropriately, threatening scandal or even the company’s viability.

However, we see this environment as an opportunity. Organizations that put the right systems in place can give employees the freedom to speak up, create a safe work environment, and earn the trust of their staff and customers.

Imagine your workers saying:

  • I love working here
  • I feel safe here
  • I feel supported
  • I can tell my story to someone who understands

Imagine your managers saying:

  • I have the confidence to handle crisis situations
  • I have a well-documented, behavior-based report to inform my decision-making
  • My team trusts me to be fair and impartial
  • I am working with a partner in this process I can trust

Redirect Can Help

Redirect can help your organization create a safer workplace through:
  • Code of Conduct Development
  • Employee and Management Training
  • Audits and Reporting
  • Investigations
“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.”
“I appreciate what your team is doing for us. You guys are doing work that is so important and so critical for us to run a business of high integrity, and you help us figure out when that’s not happening. Thank you.”

FAQs 

How can Redirect help my restaurant reduce incidents of sexual harassment or misconduct?

  • Helping employers develop clear codes of conduct and training programs
  • Investigating any allegation of service provider 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 fair and impartial manner
  • Standard approach

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?

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If your organization is serious about addressing and preventing sexual misconduct, Redirect can help.