We have zero tolerance sexual harassment policy, says Facebook


San Francisco, Dec 9: Social media giant Facebook follows a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment in a bid to keep the workplace safe, the Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has announced.

“We have a zero tolerance policy, and that means that when we are able to determine that harassment has occurred, those responsible are fired,” Sandberg said while making the company’s policy on sexual harassment public, news agency IANS reported.

Social media major said, it  decided to publish the policy because it could help small firms that may not have the resources to constitute their own policies, and improve best practices followed in such cases.

“Today we are making them available publicly — not because we think we have all the answers, but because we believe that the more companies are open about their policies, the more we can all learn from one another,” Sandberg asserted in a statement on Friday.

“Our philosophy on harassment, discrimination, and bullying is to go above and beyond what is required by law,” the Chief Operating Officer emphasised.

Facebook policies prohibit intimidating, offensive, and sexual conduct even when that conduct might not meet the legal standard of harassment.

“Even if it is legally acceptable, it’s not the kind of behaviour we want in our workplace,” she further added.

And to set the standard for respectful culture at work, Facebook trains it employees so that people understand what is expected of them since the beginning.

“In addition to prescribing mandatory harassment training, we wrote our own unconscious bias training programme at Facebook, which is also available publicly on our People Practices website,” Sandberg said.

Facebook has a probe team comprising experienced HR professionals and advocates trained to tackle sensitive cases of sexual harassment and assault, she added.


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