How to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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How to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual conduct or advances at the workplace that create a hostile, offensive, or intimidating work environment. All state governments and the federal government have laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace.

How Can I Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

A business should adopt a clear sexual harassment policy that is thoroughly explained in the employee handbook. The handbook should clearly:

The company should also train employees, managers, and supervisors on the sexual harassment policy.

How Often Should I Train My Staff?

Conduct training sessions for employees at least once a year. The training sessions should teach and reinforce all sexual harassment policies. Supervisors and managers should be trained at least once a year too. The training sessions for supervisors and managers should be separate from the ones held for other employees.

How Can I Continue to Prevent Sexual Harassment?

Monitor your company for any sexual harassment activity. This requires mingling with lower-level employees, and asking them questions about the work environment. You need to talk to managers and supervisors too. You should ask for their input regarding sexual harassment in the workplace.

Take all sexual harassment complaints seriously. Investigate them, and act swiftly if the complaints are valid.

Should I Work with an Attorney on Preventing Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is a serious issue. It has a negative impact on employees’ morale. A sexual harassment lawsuit can turn into a lengthy and costly legal battle. To avoid sexual harassment in the workplace, consult an employment attorney. Working with an attorney to create policies and investigate complaints will help prevent this type of activity at your company and mitigate any damage if a sexual harassment situation arises.

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Last Modified: 05-19-2015 04:54 PM PDT

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