Video:How to Create Sexual Harassment Policies in the Workplacewith Meghan Lynn Allen
Creating sexual harassment policies in the workplace is necessary to foster a successful business environment. Learn what should be included in the sexual harassment policy and how to make it clear to employees.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Create Sexual Harassment Policies in the WorkplaceHi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we're discussing how to create sexual harassment policies in the workplace.
Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination, and companies should manage their risks prudently, before a problem occurs. First, companies need a comprehensive, detailed policy on sexual harassment. And the program director or the company CEO should make this a high priority, as well as distributing it to all workers, supervisors, and even some non employees.
Sexual Harassment Polices Should Offer Clear RulesA basic policy should set forth the following: an expressed policy to eradicate sexual harassment; an explanation of the penalties the employer will impose for substantiated sexual misconduct; and a detailed grievance policy that any employer can follow. This policy should also include information on contact persons, or additional resources available for any employee - as well as including that this information is always confidential.
Distribute the Sexual Harassment Policy to EmployeesOnce a company develops a sexual harassment policy, you want to distribute it widely - not only to new employees, but also to existing ones. And post details about the policy in the break room, or around the office. You might also want to consider some yearly or bi-yearly update meetings, seminars about sexual harassment, and what's changed about the laws in the state or in the country.
Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of incarnations. Some examples are unwanted jokes, gestures, or offensive words on clothing. Be sure that the complete list of what's acceptable and unacceptable is detailed in that handbook or workplace policy. If you're not sure what should be included, meet with your human resource department so that a comprehensive, detailed list is put in writing.
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