“Is human resources really the right place to go?”
That’s the rhetorical question Gretchen Carlson asked an audience last night while talking about the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a report on Fortune‘s website.
Carlson — the former Fox News host who sued her network’s chairman, Roger Ailes, for sexual harassment last July — was addressing the 2017 class of the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, when she made her HR-averse remarks.
After posing the rhetorical question, Carlson continued: “Because what I always equate it to is: Who’s giving them the paycheck?”
From the Fortune post:
“In the end,” Carlson pointed out, “if the culture’s being set from the top and it’s trickling down to the lower levels, human resources may not be looking out for you.”
Carlson’s hot take on HR may have something to do with her upcoming book, which Fortune quoted Carlson as saying contains “some new ways in which we might look” at sexual harassment, including different kinds of reporting mechanisms. The book, called Be Fierce, was inspired by the “thousands” of women who reached out to her in the wake of her suit, sharing their own stories of harassment and other abuse.
Personally speaking, I have no idea how well her book will sell, but I can well imagine a fierce — and negative — response by HR leaders at Carlson’s remarks last night.