In the latest HR news, Claire Schmidt, a technology executive at the 20th Century Fox studio, is reportedly leaving her position to introduce a tool aimed at making it easier for employees to report harassment and bias at the workplace.
According to an announcement made by Schmidt on Tuesday 14th November, the formation of a new website named AllVoices, is being created to allow women and men bypass their company’s human resources in order to anonymously report instances of harassment, discrimination or bias to their CEO’s and other board members. The site is expected to be launched within the next few weeks.
In a Medium post, Schmidt said AllVoices will be aggregating all the reports by company and delivering the data without any personally identifiable information. She further added that the site will keep users informed, to let them know when the company has received the report and more importantly what action is being taken.
Schmidt is also working with advisors including Susan Fowler who was a former Uber engineer whose blog about sexual harassment and discrimination at the ride hailing company urged the reexamination of sexism in the Silicon Valley.
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Other advisors included former Google Executive and Boardlist founder Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, and Sean Rad, the chairman of dating site Tinder. Both are currently investors and advisors in AllVoices. AllVoices aims to make money by selling a “dashboard” to companies which will allow them to monitor the overall health of the firm with AllVoices research.
Schmidt believes that since she is working with several corporate “launch partners” whom she has refused to name, this information will hopefully be take extremely seriously by CEO’s. The outcry about harassment in the Silicon Valley began when Fowler’s post, eventually leading to the resignation of Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick.
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