The end of 2017 has brought sexual harassment into focus for the first time in many years thanks in part to the confluence of several events – including the ousting of many high profile individuals who participated or orchestrated harassment; and the #metoo movement, which evidenced the prevalence of the problem. Moving into 2018 employers need to prioritize updating (or creating!) their policies related to sexual harassment. Your policy should include a clear definition for employees and management what is considered “harassment,” the procedure for reporting harassment, and how to proceed when the complaint is against a supervisor or company executive. Additionally, sexual harassment should be included in your employee trainings both in the short term and on a reoccurring basis.
For a more comprehensive look at sexual harassment in the workplace, and what employers can do to prevent it, register for our free 60 minute webinar presented by attorneys Carl Habekost & Dana Quick on January 17, 2018.