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Caught in the Act, “Harassment Registry” Changes Its Act

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

UPDATE: My final words on the subject are in this recent post. 

Last week, I let you know about a so-called "National Sexual Harassment Registry" that was both inaccurate and misnamed.  That post received a lot of publicity, including a link this morning from the influential Overlawyered blog

Earlier this morning, the folks over at eBossWatch, who have compiled the "Registry", took down some of the links I had highlighted in my earlier post, without explanation.  Moreover, they revised their descriptions and posted new information about the sexual harassment registry.

If one were being polite, you could say that they listened to the criticisms. If you’re a cynic, you could say that they got caught and are now trying to cover up their tracks, particularly since there is no accompanying explanation as to the reasons for the change.

With the update, no longer is one of the purposes of the registry — at least in one area of the site – to "help people avoid sexual harassers" (see cached version).   And though it says that it was inspired by the National Sex Offender Registry, it still highlights the main difference between this registry and the government’s one  — "[N]ot all of the people listed in the eBosswatch registry have been found by a jury to have committed sexual harassment."

And there you have it, a "registry" of allegations. This "registry" is nothing more that a meager list of some people accused of sexual harassment with no real attempt at completeness, fairness or accuracy. 

(At least, after my earlier post, the site had the grace to remove Steve Paulus from the registry and post an update about the case on its site; a jury had absolved him of sexual harassment allegations.)

For employers and employees, there are simply better, more accurate places to find information than this site. 

  • http://www.HRWhiz.com HR Whiz

    “For employers and employees, there are simply better, more accurate places to find information than this site.”
    LOL. I think you summed up my thoughts in your last sentence. But seriously, I would not rely on a site like that for data on sexual offenders/harassers. I think any common-sense HR Professional would dispute the accuracy of the data.

  • http://pinstripe.me Susan M. Bjorklund

    I believe I am more of a cynic here. While I understand the spirit of developing such a site to provide valid and constructive opinions of work environments, the reality is that anonymity on sites breeds ignorant posting. Akin to the “rate my professor” sites rampant when I entered college, these site provide no constructive resources and should be shut down.
    Thank you for calling attention to this issue, and for standing up for Mr. Paulus and others.