Kohler Co.’s Commitment
Kohler Co. believes that experiences in the workplace have the power to influence our lives and change the direction of our future. In addition, Kohler Co. believes that a respectful workplace is the foundation of a great place to work and one that sparks creativity and enhances a sense of mutual trust.
With that in mind, Kohler Co. is committed to providing such a work environment—one that is free of all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment and bullying.
As associates, we support this commitment by treating one another with respect and dignity, embracing diversity, and supporting an inclusive workplace. In addition, we do not engage in prohibited behaviors, which include, but are not limited to:
Chris has been hired full time at the Company. One of the senior managers from a different department always makes an extra effort to stop by Chris’s desk, which is something the manager does not do with other new associates. The manager recently texted Chris with an invite out to a weekend night dinner. Chris was uncomfortable with this invite and declined. The manager hinted that if Chris attended dinner, the manager would consider recommending Chris for a higher role within the Company. Chris is uncomfortable with the manager’s behavior and comments.
What action should Chris take?
Kohler Co. is ﬁrmly committed to providing a respectful work environment for all associates free of all forms of harassment. Chris should immediately discuss this situation with a direct manager, Human Resources, or the Ethics Helpline. Likewise, coworkers who witness this situation are expected to report it to management, Human Resources, or the Ethics Helpline.