The new board of directors of Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) today announced that it has established a YEA! Hotline--(312)786-6540--in the wake of recent allegations centered on sexual misconduct and workplace harrassment.
The hotline is operated by Franczek Radelet, the Chicago law firm retained by the YEA! board of directors to conduct a comprehensive review of the organization's records, with particular attention being given to current complaints, as well as its practices, policies and procedures pertaining to sexual and workplace harassment.
“YEA!'s top priority is to ensure an environment that is safe for all members, staff and individuals involved with the organization, and that everyone has a clear avenue for grievances," said Doug Rutherford, chairman of the new YEA! board of directors. "If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse related to YEA!, please call Franczek Radelet at our national hotline: (312)786-6540. Let me be very clear: the YEA! board of directors has a fiduciary duty to stop sexual and workplace harassment before it occurs, and to take prompt remedial action upon learning of harassment allegations.”