This past week, through the “#metoo” campaign, countless women have revealed that they have been the victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault during their lives. Without a doubt, some of these incidents have occurred within the workplace. The sheer volume of stories shared highlights that sexual harassment in the workplace is a persistent and very real issue. Despite the fact that we may think we are beyond this as a population, to protect their employees, their organization’s culture, and reduce the risk of liability, employers must be aware that the problem remains and should be proactive in preventing and addressing workplace harassment. Adhering to the following best practices is a solid step in the right direction:
All employers and employees have a role to play in preventing workplace harassment. Employers who invest in prevention and have an effective response system will go a long way toward eliminating this problem and protecting their employees and their organization.
If you have questions about protecting your culture and organization from workplace sexual harassment or need assistance with an anti-harassment policy or training, please contact Kim Mitchell at (616) 499-6357 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Jeff Dornbos at (616) 723-9076 or email@example.com, or another Smith Haughey attorney at (616) 774-8000.