Sexual harassment allegations have hit numerous industries. Politics, entertainment and the media have been roiled by allegations and the firing of some once-iconic figures. General Motors CEO Mary Barra will have no part of harassment in the workplace and promised the automaker she leads will always be a “harassment-free” workplace.
The Detroit Free Press reported on Barra’s comments during an Automotive Press Association reception in a report published on Monday. There, Barra said, “It’s unacceptable to not have a policy (against sexual harassment).”
“We encourage our employees that if something is happening, that they raise it. There will be no retaliation.”
Barra has been an instrumental figure in changing the culture inside of GM. Not only the working culture but how GM operates as a business unit as well. Notably, Barra installed the “Speak Up for Safety” initiative to encourage and recognize employees for contributing ideas that make vehicles safer, and for speaking up when they see something that could impact customer safety.