The voices of those experiencing sexual harassment grow louder as employees continue to speak out about their personal experiences. With the power that comes from numbers and national awareness of this issue, employers should seize the opportunity by taking proactive steps that help foster a workplace environment that is free of sexual harassment and other misconduct. Indeed, this issue is not one that is limited to sensationalized media reports that center around entertainers, politicians, and network stars, but could just as easily show up at your office door. Are you being proactive in preventing sexual harassment? And are you ready to take appropriate action if one of your employees reports that he or she believes they have been the victim of sexual harassment? What will you do if your employee demands the immediate firing of the (alleged) offending co-employee, or else they will call the police and/or consult with an attorney?
The responsibility for maintaining a work place free of sexual harassment falls squarely on the employer. The culture of your company and the policies and the processes you have in place can prevent and/or protect your employees from sexual harassment and minimize risk for the Company.
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