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Laura Rowles is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) serving almost 400 members by hosting over 30 networking events each year, as well as providing educational seminars and special events. The Chamber hosts numerous events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five’s, ribbon cuttings... Read more

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber to Host Sexual Harassment Workshop

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) and Launch Workplaces -on Friday, January 12- will host a training session on sexual harassment in the workplace and what you need to know in today’s uncertain landscape.

Sexual harassment in the workplace has been considered a form of discrimination on the basis of sex in the United States since the mid 1970’s, but it seems to have been a growing epidemic. Throughout 2017, women – and men – came forward bringing allegations of sexual harassment against their employers and co-workers. Among others, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Mark Halperin and Bill O’Reilly, together with the companies with which they were affiliated, have come under fire.

Employers across the country are grappling with new and revisited allegations about hostile work environments as more and more alleged victims come forward with their claims. With prominent initiatives forming to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, these issues are likely to develop further in 2018. Could you be the next person to lose your job because of a sexual harassment claim? Don’t put yourself or your company at risk for sexual harassment.

Join the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) and Launch Workplaces on Friday, January 12 for a training session on sexual harassment in the workplace and what you need to know in today’s uncertain landscape.

The event will feature Merry Campbell, Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Group at Shulman Rogers, and Jody Friend, a human resources expert from JLM HR Consulting.

Campbell will discuss the most effective ways to avoid harassment allegations and what you should do if a concern is reported. Other discussion topics include:

  • Trending issues in sexual harassment
  • Preventing hostile work environments
  • Avoiding harassment allegations
  • Responding to workplace misconduct claims

Friend will speak on means and measures to take to ensure a respectful workplace.

Workshop will take place on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at Launch Workplaces, 9841 Washingtonian Boulevard, Suite 200, Gaithersburg. The event is free to attend with advance registration at www.ggchamber.org.

The GGCC is active in providing business-to-business networking opportunities throughout the year: a collective voice in local, regional, and state legislative affairs, professional development opportunities and other services that enhance the business environment. The GGCC is located at 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg, MD. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at www.ggchamber.org. Find us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gaithersburg-Germantown-Chamber-of-Commerce/64339954570. Or on Twitter at: @GGCCNEWS.

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Laura Rowles

About Laura Rowles

Laura is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce – a member-based organization of businesses that have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial and industrial progress in our communities. The area’s economic well-being is a result of the caliber of work that is done by the Chamber. The Chamber has a major impact on business, income and future growth of the area. My position at the Chamber – Director of Events & Marketing – affords me the opportunity to plan quality events for our Members and market the Chamber is a variety of avenues. At the GGCC, we typically have around 30 events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five’s, ribbon cuttings and special events. The consensus is we have high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Most our events are free to Members so securing sponsorships for all events. Additionally, I am responsible for planning networking, overseeing the budget and marketing of all events in order to make them successful. Lastly, I coordinate all marketing and communication efforts of the GGCC including weekly email blasts, its quarterly newsletter, all social media platforms, media relations and community outreach.

Laura authors the blog Your Success is Our Business on MyMCMedia.

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