Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed members of the Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Policy.  The board is comprised of seven members who will review current harassment and discrimination policies within every state agency that falls under the executive branch, as well as research and identify the most effective ways to create work environments that are free from any form of harassment or discrimination.

“Sexual harassment and discrimination have no place in the workplace and this task force will provide critical feedback on the current policies and procedures in our state agencies that are working and what improvements are needed in order to provide safe work environments for our employees,” said Gov. Edwards. “Every member of this task force brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table, and I have confidence in their ability to meet the goals and objectives set before them.”

  

The task force will hold its first meeting Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. in the Iowa Room (1-153) of the Claiborne Building located at 1201 N. 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

The members include:

  • Terrence Ginn, deputy commissioner for policy and legislative affairs at the Louisiana Board of Regents
  • Sandra Schober, deputy director of administrative services for the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office
  • Makayla Weber-Harris, staffing assistant division administrator of the Louisiana State Civil Service
  • Janice Lansing (Chairperson), chief financial officer of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
  • Tina Vanichchagorn, deputy executive counsel, Office of the Governor
  • Suzette Meiske (Vice Chair), human resources director for the Louisiana Community Technical College System
  • Dr. Courtland Chaney, Ph.D., retired faculty, Louisiana State University School of Business

Their duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Review the sexual harassment and discrimination policies of each state agency within the executive branch.
  • Research and identify the most effective mode of training to prevent workplace sexual harassment and discrimination and evaluate the effectiveness of the existing video state employees are required to view each year.
  • Develop a protocol for sexual harassment and discrimination policy orientation for new employees, those participating in any state sponsored training academy and employees promoted to supervisory positions.
  • Research and identify the specific conduct that should be prohibited by sexual harassment and discrimination policies.
  • Research and identify a clear reporting process when an allegation is made as well as the most appropriate action that should be taken once an investigation is completed.

The task force will make specific recommendations to ensure uniformity of sexual harassment and discrimination policies across the agencies and submit a report to the governor regarding its findings no later than March 1, 2018.