Types Of Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

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When you run a business, you need to make sure that you protect yourself against threats that are both external and internal. One of the biggest internal threats to your business is sexual harassment. Sexual harassment creates an environment where your workers cannot get their best work done and puts you in a tricky legal situation. You need to make sure all staff members are educated on what sexual harassment is, and you need to make sure you have a supportive structure set-up to deal with claims of sexual harassment. 

Understand What Sexual Harassment Is

First, you need to make sure that you understand what sexual harassment is, and you need to make sure that everyone in your organization also understands what sexual harassment is.  

There are two different types of sexual harassment. First, there is quid pro quo. This is when an employee is made to give into the sexual demands from someone else in the organization. If they don't give into the sexual demands, they are under the impression that they will face negative consequences for not complying.  

The second type of sexual harassment is a hostile work environment. There is a lot of behavior that can make a work environment hostile. For example, there could be privileges given to one group of people but not another. Or an employee could say something that makes everyone else feel uncomfortable. 

Teach Your Employees About Sexual Harassment

It is not enough for you to understand the two types of sexual harassment; you need to make sure that your employees understand as well. For all of your current employees, you can bring in someone to conduct a sexual harassment training so that everyone is on the same page. For all of your new employees, you can require them to take a sexual harassment seminar, or you can have them undergo online training.  

Document the Training on Sexual Harassment

Next, you need to document that all of your employees have had sexual harassment training. Have your attorney draft up a document that all employees are required to sign that shows that they both underwent sexual harassment training and that they understood the training and will refrain from such behavior in the workplace. 

Have a Process for Dealing with Sexual Harassment

Finally, you need to have a process for dealing with sexual harassment. Your attorney can help your HR department develop a process for dealing with sexual harassment that meets state and federal requirements, and protect your business from a legal standpoint.  

Have your attorney help you draft documentation that shows everyone in your organization has to sign showing that they underwent sexual harassment training and that they understand what sexual harassment is. You also need your attorney to help you create your procedure for dealing with sexual harassment claims in a way that meets all state and federal rules, and in a way that protects your business.  

For more information, contact companies like Barron Law Corporation.


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