You’ve likely heard that former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes, her former boss and the Chairman and CEO of Fox News. The lawsuit alleges that Ailes retaliated against Carlson (which included ultimately firing her) after she spurned his sexual advances. You can read the lawsuit, which details the alleged harassment, here.
- Any harassment policy must have more than one avenue available for an employee to complain, such as different people across different department.
- Additionally, employees should not be limited to complaining in person. Employees should be able to complain in writing, over the phone, or by email.
- Consider setting up a telephone or email hotline to log complaints.
- The owner, CEO, or other higher-up should be screened-off from any investigation, other than his or her investigatory interview.
- Ensure that the company does not retaliate against the complaining employee.