Pop quiz – Does your business have a written sexual harassment policy? Not knowing the answer to that question could hurt your business. Especially in this day and age it is important that every business that has employees have a written sexual harassment policy. It’s one important piece to helping to protect your business from having sexual harassment lawsuits brought against it.
Sexual harassment has become a hot button issue in the news in recent years, both in the Sacramento area and outside of California. Yet many people are still not sure what it is that is actually considered sexual harassment in the work place. In all actuality, it can be different things to different people, depending on how it makes them feel. If your workplace atmosphere makes someone uncomfortable it may be seen as qualifying. Everything from a hostile work environment to cracking jokes with sexual overtones fit the bill, so it’s important to consider this issue now, rather than when a problem arises.
Here are some tips for helping to protect your business from sexual harassment lawsuits:
- Learn about what all may constitute sexual harassment in the work place. You can do this by speaking with an attorney, reading a book, or taking a professional workshop, but you need to have a good idea.
- Draft a well-written sexual harassment policy for your business that will be given to all employees and followed. It is also a good idea to either work with an attorney for this, or to have them at least review the one you wrote, so that nothing is missed and comes back to haunt you later on.
- Always take complaints seriously and act upon them. There should be immediate consequences for any sexual harassment problems that arise. You will need to follow the protocol that you put in place in your policy.
- Document everything that you do with any complaint that comes your way. This means documenting what happened, obtaining written statements from all parties involved, and documenting how it was resolved. Keep these documents on file in case they are later needed.
Anytime you have questions regarding sexual harassment in the workplace you should speak with an attorney. That way you get the best, most current, legal information in order to help protect your business. This goes for businesses in both the Rocklin and Sacramento areas, and throughout the country. Taking measures ahead of time to protect your business can go a long way!
The Law Offices of Terry L. Gilbeau provides personalized counsel to clients in a variety of business and personal matters, including creditors’ rights, debt collection, products liability and international transaction issues. His office is located in Rocklin, CA, just outside of Sacramento, CA, near Roseville, Lincoln, Auburn, in Placer County and can be reached at (916-626-5539) or email Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for the firm website http://www.gilbeaulaw.com/