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SAG-AFTRA releases Code of Conduct for sexual harassment

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

has released a code of conduct in an attempt to protect its members from sexual and promote equality in the

The move comes after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) took a step ahead in establishing the Standards of Conduct for its members in the wake of the sexual scandal involving disgraced Hollywood media mogul Harvey Weinstein, among others.

The standards set by the organisation is billed as "a call to action" to the 160,000 members of the guild, which defines sexual and other prohibited conduct in the workplace, according to The

The code also mentions the legal obligations of the employers, under which both the union's contracts and the law need to provide methods in which members can safely report harassment.

"To truly change the culture we must be courageous and willing. At its most basic, this Code will ultimately help better define what harassment is, and what members' rights are in real world situations.

"We are going further, however, with the launch of our Four Pillars of Change initiative to achieve safe workplaces and advance equity," said in a statement.

As per the guild, the Four Pillars of Change refer to sections on "Rules and Guidelines, Empowerment Through Education, Expanded Intervention efforts, and and Safety Nets."

said the initiative would provide a critical framework for the collective efforts of the organisation to empower the members who experience harassment in the

"Our comprehensive approach ensures that we stay focused on providing members with clear information, making training available that is relevant and practical, and working with industry partners to expand our tools to intervene and support victims of workplace harassment and assault. We are very excited to engage in this effort," he added.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 17:10 IST