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Don’t hide behind your handbook! Formal harassment complaint isn’t required

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Here’s something to remember when planning your sexual har­­assment training sessions for management: Be sure everyone understands that they must report any sexual har­­assment complaints employees make—even if the employees don’t follow the procedures for reporting sexual harassment laid out in the employee handbook or company policies.

The fact is, if an employer learns about harassment from any source, it should investigate and act.

Ignoring the problem just because no one has had the courage to formally report sexual har­­assment won’t work.

Recent case: Suann sold pet pharmaceuticals and other items. Her job required her to regularly interact with warehouse employees. Starting in 2008, she began complaining to various managers about one employee in particular. She went to HR and complained that the warehouse man had announced he would grope her breasts, even though it meant risking his job.

The man was eventually termin...(register to read more)

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