what can an employer do to avoid sexual harassment claims?
I’ve written many times, here and in Above The Law, that “I am always surprised that some people think that workplace sexual harassment occurs only in certain types of businesses or workplaces. But we know that workplace sexual harassment can happen anywhere, anytime, and to anyone – there is no exempt place or person.”
You are not exempt! Certainly not these days!
So what can an employer do?
“Compliant and savvy employers can minimize the chances of it happening (and its attendant potential for enormous liability) by having a zero-tolerance discrimination and harassment policy, clearly set forth in employee manuals and in the behavior of its senior managers, as well as conducting periodic anti-harassment training for all.”
Employment policies, manuals, and training – these are just the minimum, but very necessary.
Seek legal advice before problems occur – the money you’ll save is … yours!