Just for Laughs executives have implemented a new workforce harassment policy to ensure all employees, regardless of their hierarchical position, can work in a safe and healthy environment.
The new enforced policy comes on the heels of the sexual assault allegations against the festival’s founder and former president, Gilbert Rozon.
Last October, several women accused Rozon of harassment, which resulted in his departure from JFL and the sale of all his shares in the company. He is facing a class action lawsuit from more than 20 women.
“This policy is intended to prevent and stop all forms of harassment or conduct that may lead to harassment, and to promote a work environment where all employees are treated with dignity,” according to the JFL press release. “With this purpose in mind, JPR [Juste pour Rire] adopts a zero-tolerance policy on harassment, and commits to take all reasonable steps to prevent harassment in all its forms and, when such conduct is brought to its attention, to stop it.”
The newly restructured company, which was sold in March to a new group of investors led by Howie Mandel, will also launch an education and training program to prevent future issues.
The new policy, which is easier to read and understand than the previous policy, is effective immediately before the festival kicks off its 36th edition this Wednesday.