Although harassment and discrimination in the workplace have been illegal for over 40 years, unlawful harassment continues to be a very real threat to even the smallest workplaces today. Each year, the EEOC receives a staggering 12,000+ sexual harassment complaints, and collects about $50 million in settlements. Turn on any news station and you too can hear the latest in the #MeToo movement, and the alleged actions of yet another household name. The reality is sexual harassment can happen in any and every workplace. Are you aware of your duties as an employer?
According to California law, all employers have an affirmative duty to take reasonable steps to prevent harassment in the workplace and to promptly correct harassment if it does occur. California requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide management with two hours of training every two years regarding recognizing and preventing unlawful harassment in the workplace. That said, and all “requirements” aside, the #Metoo movement is serving an important reminder about the need for current and relevant policies and appropriate communication to ensure all employees understand reportable actions. Communicating your firm’s reporting procedures is another critical step in protecting your employees and your business, among others.
For more details about best practices, or answers to questions about how to protect your firm from unlawful harassment exposures or any other type of HR exposure, contact us today! Ownership and management will breathe easier with our experts in your corner.
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