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Sexual Harassment—Draw the Line
There are currently six states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, and New York) that require harassment training for employees, while 14 states “encourage” employers to provide such training. Although the training isn’t required in all states, it is important that employers ensure they are upholding the law and are providing a harassment free workplace. So how do you prevent harassment in the workplace?
- Understand what is considered harassment and what is not—harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy), national origin, older age, disability, or genetic information.
- Review and update policies—if you don’t have a policy in place, add one and train your employees.
- Identify and communicate who employees can contact to discuss harassment questions or concerns.
- Respond quickly to all allegations—don’t wait for a formal complaint. If you hear something, report it right away.
- Ensure your managers understand their responsibility to stop, address, and prevent the harassment.
Be the solution. There’s no guarantee that a company policy or training will be the perfect solution; however, employers should be taking proactive steps to address harassment and create solutions that ensure a safe and comfortable work environment for all.
Contact The Employer Group if you need help developing a harassment policy, reporting procedure, or to investigate a harassment allegation.