Workplace sexual harassment prevention starts during recruitment, and firms must be willing to implement initiatives that address inappropriate workplace behaviour early.

Vicki Kennedy, executive general manager at Your Call and Clarity group, believes that being careful during the hiring process contributes to establishing a safe culture within the legal industry.

“To reduce sexual harassment in the legal sector, firms need to take a proactive approach to create a safe culture and environment for their staff, and this should begin at the recruitment stage,” she said. “Failing to set clear standards of what is acceptable behaviour from the outset can result in poor behaviour becoming normalised and a lot more difficult to address down the track.”

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