Q. Our company is considering anti-harassment training for all employees. Some managers and executive are concerned that this will stir up lawsuits. Do you recommend such training?
A. Yes. Educating employees about what constitutes harassment will hopefully prevent employees from engaging in behaviors that they may not have realized are inappropriate.
The training should also advise employees about what to do if they feel harassed.
Although it might also lead employees to challenge inappropriate behavior, it is helpful in defending a harassment claim to show that employees were trained on the employer’s intolerance of harassment and on the employer’s anti-harassment policy. (If you don’t already have such a policy, you should develop one.) Training should be conducted for all new hires and for all employees annually.