Preventing Sexual Harassment
The dynamic of the typical workplace has changed dramatically over the course of the past several decades. Whereas the workforce had been predominantly comprised of men, this has shifted and now a host of objectionable practices pertaining to the discussion and treatment of women has been rendered illegal and socially unacceptable. If your business is found to be supporting or condoning an atmosphere that crosses those boundaries then it can result in significant financial penalties and irreparable harm to both employee morale and corporate reputation.
To ensure that this does not happen, it is important to remain vigilant in monitoring the discussions and general demeanor present in the workplace. For help in crafting a sound anti-harassment policy, or assistance in the proper enforcement of an existing one, consulting with an experienced attorney is invaluable. Contact the Des Moines business lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (877) 327-2600 to avoid costly and preventable litigation.
Crafting an Anti-Harassment Policy
The first step toward eliminating workplace harassment is the creation of a clear and legally valid anti-harassment policy. Although you may feel that a formulaic policy template is suited to the task, this is not an ideal approach. To be thorough, you must consider the variety of interactions that are likely to occur during the course of work and work-related functions, and you must match the policy to your company’s specific needs. Certainly there are a lot of general provisions that apply across the board, but prohibitions on the display of certain materials may take precedence in a cubicle filled environment, for example, but would not be of much use in a telecommuting enterprise.
Some key elements include:
- Addressing all reasonably expected modes of interaction and expression
- Clear definition of behaviors and actions that are prohibited
- Clear articulation of penalties for breaking the provisions
It would be a tremendous mistake to leave your company’s reputation and legal compliance to chance. Contact the Des Moines business lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at (877) 327-2600 to help stop the problem before it starts.