The New York Occasions printed an in depth account earlier this week of pervasive harassment and mistreatment of ladies on the factories relationship again to the 1990s.
Greater than 70 present and former staff claimed a hostile tradition the place girls have been retaliated towards for reporting misconduct or discouraged from doing so.
In an open letter to staff despatched Thursday, the auto large’s chief govt Jim Hackett mentioned he had “learn and reread the article,” which he discovered “intestine wrenching.”
“I’m sorry for any occasion the place a colleague was subjected to harassment or discriminatory conduct,” he mentioned, promising “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment. “On behalf of myself and the workers of Ford Motor Firm, who condemn such habits and remorse any harassment as a lot as I do, I apologize. Extra importantly, I promise that we are going to be taught from this and we are going to do higher.”
The harassment alleged on the Ford vegetation, together with the oldest constantly working manufacturing unit of the American auto large, was at occasions extreme and typically concerned serial offenders, in line with the Occasions investigation.
In a single account, a feminine worker mentioned she was pressured to have intercourse with a male supervisor and relented to enhance her working circumstances.
Hackett mentioned he would go to the Chicago Meeting and Chicago Stamping vegetation to talk with staff straight. “This has been a studying expertise about how tough it may be to root out dangerous habits,” he mentioned.
There have been efforts over time to vary the tradition on the vegetation, whose workforce is greater than two-thirds males. Ford has settled lawsuits, reached agreements with the federal company that screens office discrimination, and arrange a USD 10 million fund to assist girls.
Ford and the United Auto Staff union have additionally invested in coaching, and the corporate has established unbiased screens. However, the corporate did not fight retaliation towards whistleblowers, delayed punishing offenders, and didn’t preserve sexual harassment coaching, in line with The Occasions.
Hackett pledged to do extra. “Our promise is there will probably be no retaliation towards anybody who speaks up, and nobody is above the foundations, regardless of the place they’re within the hierarchy,” he mentioned.
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