Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that we’ve been bombarded with news of egregious claims of sexual harassment against industry leaders (Weinstein and O’Reilly, for starters). You’ve also likely seen the #metoo campaign, where women of all ages and industries publicly share their experiences with sexual harassment and abuse.
This is a wake up call for employers. If it’s been a while since you’ve reviewed your harassment policies and prevention plans (or, gulp, if you don’t have these in place), now is the time.
A harassment prevention plan includes a well-crafted and widely communicated policy articulating your commitment to a harassment free workplace. This policy must contain a prohibition against retaliation as well as a well-laid out path for complainants to follow to lodge complaints. You must also have a plan in place to thoroughly investigate any allegations that arise (and be prepared for an uptick in such activity). And, you must train all employees on your policies and on appropriate workplace behavior.
If this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. We’ve got your back. Reach out for help on any and all of these harassment prevention musts.