Quick …who is your supervisor? You may know, but are you absolutely 100% sure all your employees could answer that question, too?
Many companies have horribly confusing organizational charts—or no org charts at all. A new court ruling issues a stern warning to employers: If you want to avoid harassment liability, you’d better get your straight-edged ruler out and connect employees to their supervisors by name.
Federal law says employers can be held liable for harassment if they “knew or should have known” about the conduct. (Basically, if they saw it, heard it or got wind of it). So the ultimate question is: Who is responsible for watching for it, listening for it and knowing about it? Typically it’s the managers, supervisors and HR personnel designated as the “go to” folks in your harassment policy’s complaint procedure.
But could others who are NOT listed also have legal obligations to repor...(register to read more)