Looking for a way to eliminate unfounded sexual harassment claims from former employees? You know, the ones where someone suddenly remembers being sexually harassed, telling her supervisor and then having nothing done to stop it.
One way is to make sure your sexual harassment policy tells employees to keep taking their harassment claims up the chain of command if they aren’t satisfied with the first response.
Here’s why: If employees are required to take only the first step and complain to an immediate supervisor, it often becomes the supervisor’s word against the employee’s. But if your policy tells employees to go further, and you can show they didn’t, you can argue in court that the employee never complained in the first place.
Recent case: Cathy Valles worked for Allstar Erosion Control and gave notice and left abruptly after her husband exchanged angry words with the company president.
Valles then sued, alleging the president had sexually harassed her. She said she had complained to her immediate supervisor.
Allstar’s sexual harassment policy required an employee to complain to successive levels of until his or her problem was rectified. Valles’ immediate supervisor said she knew nothing about the harassment allegations. The company pointed out that Valles didn’t claim she had gone higher after she allegedly got no response from her immediate supervisor.
The court dismissed Valles’ case. (Valles v. Frazier, et al., No. SA-08-CA-501, WD TX, 2009)
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/10326/tell-employees-they-must-report-sexual-harassment-up-chain-of-command "