Sexual harassment is unfortunately common, even in modern workplaces. Business owners must be vigilant to prevent a culture that fosters sexual harassment. They must also take active steps to prevent this kind of behavior in the workplace. A few statements during employee training are not enough to thwart problems. You need to take more active steps.
It’s important to consult with a business law attorney to set up practices that will prevent sexual harassment. As a business owner or manager, you have legal obligations and a business law attorney can help you thoroughly understand your responsibilities. An attorney can review your business and human resources practices to help you understand your areas of vulnerability and steps you should take to make your workplace a safer place for everyone.
A business law attorney can explain all the possible forms sexual harassment can take. There are a lot of misunderstandings about what constitutes sexual harassment. It can happen to men and women at any level of the company. Emails, office jokes, demeaning comments, sexist terms and many other behaviors can be interpreted as sexual harassment. First, you must fully understand all the possible manifestations of sexual harassment. Then, you need to make a plan to help your employees understand the company’s guidelines.
Most business law attorneys will recommend crafting a strong and clear policy that is outlined in the employee handbook. The attorney can help you craft a clear statement that includes information on the definition of harassment and how employees should file complaints regarding sexual harassment. The statement should also describe how policy violators will be disciplined and indicate that anyone who files a sexual harassment complaint will not face retaliation.
Your business law attorney will help you craft a complaint procedure for employees who feel they have been harassed. The complaint process should be easy to use and protect the person’s confidentiality. Management personnel should receive thorough training on how to sport and handle potential sexual harassment issues. Your business law attorney will also advise training for employees. This will help them understand the appropriate boundaries that apply to business situations. Employees will also understand their rights and protection if they become victims of sexual harassment.