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How Top Architecture Firms Measure Up in the #MeToo Era

Photo courtesy Curbed © Paige Vickers

Source: Curbed

Over the past few months, as the issue of sexual harassment has been thrust to the forefront of the national conversation and industries have been rocked by allegations of misconduct, a question has circulated in quieter corners of Twitter and Facebook: Will architecture face a reckoning of its own?


All of the firms that responded to Curbed’s questions say they have formal antiharassment policies in place prohibiting discrimination and harassment of or by employees and, in many cases, clients, vendors, subcontractors, and other third parties. While most mirror the language of the law, some take a more expansive approach. Suzanne Pennasilico, chief human resources officer at New York City-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, says that the company’s policy is stricter than the legal definition. “It’s meant to be very broad,” she says, “because everybody experiences the workplace in a different way, and we don’t want someone to not come and talk to us because they think, ‘Oh, well what’s happening in my life isn’t rising to that level of misconduct.’ We want people to come to us if they feel uncomfortable in any way.”

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