In recent weeks, there have been a number of broadcasters in the news from Howard Sattler, David Morrow to Eddie McGuire for broadcasting inappropriate comments on the air.
In Eddie’s case he claimed the comments were unintentional and apologised for any offence. This is the danger of live to air off-the-cuff comments.
He has since apologised for making the comments. The comments were made when by Eddie’s own admission; he was not focussed on the job at hand.
It is perhaps timely to remind members that 2GLF has a harassment policy which also covers discrimination and bullying. We will be revisiting this policy during our Members Meeting in October 2013.
An important part of the policy relates to us and how we can prevent station members and listeners from becoming offended.
What everyone else must do to prevent harassment
It is the responsibility of all members, presenters, and volunteers to respect the rights of others and not to be involved in or encourage harassment.
• You must never do or get involved with the behaviours that are unacceptable to 2GLF.
• You must respect other people. Each person is different with different views about what they find acceptable and what is unacceptable. Each person has the legal right to be part of a station where they feel safe and where the behaviour is not sexual, sexist, racist, anti-gay, anti-disability, ageist, stereotyping or discriminatory in any way.
• You must be careful about anything that could be interpreted as sexual or stereotyping people because of the group they belong to.
Be careful of:
The words you use, the tone you use, and how you say things.
Sexual or stereotyping jokes
Sexual or stereotyping pictures, cartoons, verse – on paper, walls, boards, emails or computers.
Any type of touching
Standing too close
Sexual behaviour of any sort
Isolating or segregating others
• Either don’t do it, or check first to see if it is likely to be OK. Back off and apologise if they say, or indicate in any way, that they don’t like it.
• If you are harassed, if you can, tell them to stop it. If you are not comfortable doing that, or they do not stop, please use the grievance procedure so that the situation can be sorted out.
• If you hear anyone else do anything that you think could amount to harassment, you must talk to them about it, giving reasons why they should stop doing it.
• If you become aware that someone you work with is being harassed, you must help prevent it by offering the person support. You can:
– Refuse to join in the harassment
– Tell then they have a legal right to a harassment-free station
– Tell them they can say “no” to the person or people who are harassing them
– Tell them that they should report the harassment using the grievance procedure if it doesn’t stop.
– Tell them that you are willing to act as a witness if they decide to make a complaint.
Many of you have a full copy of the policy/have requested a copy/ and are aware that there is a copy of the policy and the grievance procedures available at the station.
Any questions please contact Carol on 0421 640 655.