Rush Nigut wrote recently about five common mistakes he see employers make in drafting sexual harassment policies. Rush makes very good points, here are a few highlights:
The written policy does not provide and communicate in writing multiple channels for the complaint procedure. Employees should be able to report harassment to more than one person within the company. The complaint process should be clearly defined in your employment manual.
Supervisors are not trained each year and supervisors are not required to report harassing conduct. Consequently employers often miss out on a possible defense in any lawsuit.
Once notified of harassing conduct employers fail to take immediate action to investigate. Employers have the attitude that the employee must "deal with it." Complaints of harassment are often not taken seriously.
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