What does this mean for you?
Among the revelations that Mr Rafiq made in his evidence to the DCMS Select Committee hearing yesterday, two other comments stood out:
“All I wanted was an acceptance, an apology, an understanding, and let’s try and work together to ensure it never happens again”
“I was not going to let this go, no matter how much damage it causes me – I was determined to become a voice for the voiceless”
The principles apply to all forms of harassment, and we hear these kinds of comments by claimants in lots of harassment claim we deal with. You will probably have heard similar comments - particularly the first one - in any grievance meeting with an employee who has complained about harassment or bullying.
While the Mr Rafiq/YCCC issue might be one that you think is an extreme case and it has blown up massively and unexpectedly, it may well turn out to be a watershed moment not just in cricket (a place of work), but across all workplaces.
Will you take any learnings from it? For instance, would you be willing to ensure that employees who bring complaints are made aware of the outcome? Would you give them the chance to participate in any steps you may want to take to resolve the findings and ensure that the behaviour is not repeated?