Monday, March 7, 2011

Follow these 6 easy steps to avoid harassment and retaliation liability

Do you want to avoid harassment and retaliation liability at your company? Here are six easy steps to follow:

  1. Have a sexual harassment policy, which includes procedures for employees to complain about harassment.
  2. Train all employees on the harassment policy.
  3. Make sure your human resources manager knows the definition of sexual harassment.
  4. Do not let a manager expose his genitals to female employees, and force one to place her hand on his private parts.
  5. Do not require women to participate in a “kissing” or “smooching” club to receive the sales leads and accounts necessary to earn commissions.
  6. Do not fire women who reject managers’ sexual advances and complain about them.

According to the EEOC, a Memphis company failed in each of these steps. The result—a $1.5 million verdict.

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