Reasons Businesses Get Sued: Preventing Harassment

Common Employee Lawsuits > Harassment

Every business owner wants to believe their employees will conduct themselves in a professional manner. However, there are countless scenarios that could indicate inappropriate behavior in the workplace. In this article, we’ll cover some of the ways you can prevent harassment and enforce a fair and comfortable work environment. We’ve already covered the basics for preventing lawsuits against your business, including time clock concerns. Now, we’ll focus on the employee interaction component. As we explore these potential exposures, protect your operation with an Employment Practices Liability policy.

Create an anti-discrimination and harassment policy.

The first line of defense should your company face any allegations of harassment is a written and enforced policy. Be sure to post it in a conspicuous location for all to see and go through the policy with each new hire. It’s also recommended that you review the policy at least once annually to ensure everyone knows the policy is to be taken seriously.

Train management and supervisors.

According to Connecticut Business & Industry Association, you should conduct training for supervisors and employees concerning harassment, the company’s anti-harassment policy, and complaint procedures, and keep records of such training. Note that Connecticut requires all companies with 50 or more employees to provide training to their supervisory employees within six months of their assumption of a supervisory position, and encourages periodic update sessions.

Next, be sure to document inappropriate banter or behavior and keep a paper trail that follows up with these incidents.

Take claims seriously.

If an employee brings something inappropriate to your attention, take it seriously. Even it if seems harmless, confront the employee in question immediately. Stopping issues before they start is the best way to mitigate potential claims.

Look internally.

If there is high turnover, unhappy employees, or constant harassment claims, look internally and identify the source of the problem. Is the supervisor being offensive? Is there a lack of professionalism? Dig deep to find the root issue and resolve it.

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