Despite lawsuit fears, should we provide anti-Harassment training?

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Q. Our company is considering providing anti-harassment training to all employees. Some executives are concerned that the training might actually stir up lawsuits. Do you recommend such training?

A. Yes, you should provide anti-harassment training to all employees to support your anti-harassment policy and make it more effective. Simply having a written anti-harassment policy alone will not protect employers from liability for a negligently maintained hostile work environment.

Courts consider several factors when determining whether an employer maintains an effective anti-harassment policy: the publication of the policy, an effective and practical grievance process, anti-harassment training, and whether the employer monitors the policy’s effectiveness.

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