Workplace Sexual Harassment Redefined by Brigitte Kimichik and JR Tomlinson’s Play Nice: Playground Rules for Respect in the Workplace

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Authors pave the way for relevant conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace and the behavior needed to eradicate it.

"Play Nice: Playground Rules for Respect in the Workplace"

"The book is meant to be a resource and guide for all working adults in order to create necessary changes in workplace environments that will ultimately lead to positivity and prosperity among businesses and their employees." —Tomlinson

Recently, the media has been saturated with cases of sexual harassment in countless workplaces. Bringing this issue to light has not only sparked awareness of the prominence of sexual harassment but has also created a number of social justice movements, such as Time’s Up and #MeToo. However, despite the ubiquity of the subject, identifying and dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace is often difficult and complicated for both victims and bystanders. In Play Nice: Playground Rules for Respect in the Workplace (Brown Books Publishing Group), authors Brigitte Gawenda Kimichik, JD, and JR Tomlinson simplify the issue and describe elementary rules to help men and women identify, stop and avoid sexual harassment in the workplace.

Play Nice uses the real experiences of the authors — who both worked in male-dominated industries for more than 30 years — as well as other personal accounts and shocking statistics to examine the causes and history of sexual harassment and to provide solutions for a more respectful work environment. Kimichik and Tomlinson clearly establish the difference between acceptable and inappropriate work behavior, thereby empowering workers to create healthy boundaries and be dependable allies to their colleagues.

“For real change to occur, it is imperative that we all start holding ourselves responsible for ensuring everyone is treated respectfully,” states Vanessa Fox, chief development officer for Jack in the Box. “Play Nice is a giant step in the right direction.”

Kimichik and Tomlinson use “playground rules” to discern inappropriate behavior in “the Sandbox,” which represents the close quarters in which women and men work together. The working environment of the company or business is represented by “the Playground.” “Following these rules makes the Sandbox safer and promotes a healthier and more successful Playground,” notes Kimichik. For more information about the authors and book, visit

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