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Episode 10: Combatting Sexual Harassment

A little more than a year ago, after hearing an inappropriate comment made during an industry event, Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) leaders Kevin Booth and Pam Hummel asked themselves why statements and actions like this were still taking place in 2018. In this episode of A Viewpoint on Construction, Booth and Hummel share their insights on why the construction industry needs to embrace diversity and inclusion to create safe and rewarding work environments for everyone. Construction is still a male-dominated industry, with women only comprising 9 percent of the workforce and less than 2 percent in the field. This has contributed to a culture of machismo that has often let instances of abuse and harassment slide. While the industry is striving to change that, many people today still don’t have a clear understanding of what constitutes sexual harassment. Booth and Hummel note that sexual harassment lawsuits and fines cost contractors millions of dollars each year. But far beyond financial impacts, hear why proactively engaging and educating construction workforces and driving culture changes are important to building uniform respect in the workplace.

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Posted by Wayne Newitts

Wayne has been part of the construction industry for years as a engineer and project manager, and now works in marketing and business development for Viewpoint, a leader in construction management software systems.