Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
May 11, 2018
Employers can expect to see an increase in sexual harassment claims and complaints. Some may be exaggerated or involve actions that do not rise to the level of harassment, or be years-old allegations that are no longer actionable. But others will have merit and therefore all claims must be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated. Employers should update their policies to clarify what behavior constitutes harassment, and make everyone aware there is zero tolerance for such behavior at all levels of the company, up to and including the C-suite. This article from McGuireWoods partner Sabrina A. Beldner includes a listing of seven components of a strong anti-harassment policy and suggestions about how training should be structured and conducted – and the suggestion that senior executives and board members should be required to attend.
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