You cannot miss the weekly allegations in the news of sexual harassment against high-profile individuals. These public high profile allegations should cause every company, large or small, to review their own policies on sexual harassment and other unlawful harassment and to review their employee training.
Just having a policy is not enough to protect a company from sexual harassment claims. The policy must be thorough, well communicated, actually encourage employees to use it, and make employees feel safe in reporting sexual harassment. In addition, companies should provide training to all their employees about sexual harassment on an annual basis. Appropriate annual training can be a defense to some claims.
Our firm can review your current harassment policies and procedures and offer guidance on updating your policies or making them more comprehensive. Our firm can also provide appropriate sexual harassment training to both your management staff and your entire workforce.
NOTE: This general summary of the law should not be used to solve individual problems since slight changes in the fact situation may require a material variance in the applicable legal advice.