Avoiding and Addressing Sexual Harassment in your Office
Posted on 4/18/2018 by Michael Zamora
Sexual harassment has become front-page news in today’s political climate. This serves as a prompt to review the importance of maintaining strong, enforceable sexual harassment policies in your office. These policies are necessary from a legal standpoint and they are also essential for maintaining the health and safety of your team.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, and it violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, and allegations of sexual harassment are investigated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. Even if your practice maintains fewer than 15 employees, various states have sexual harassment laws which can apply to you.
The simplest and most effective way to address sexual harassment is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Make it clear to employees that sexual harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. Many employers provide sexual harassment training to their employees and establish an internal complaint process. You should ensure that your process is employee-friendly and effective. Most importantly, you need to take immediate and appropriate action when an employee complains.
If you have questions about your sexual harassment policies, HR for HEALTH is here to help. Simply open a support ticket titled “sexual harassment” and allow us to answer your questions. Being proactive and seeking help when you need it is always the best approach.