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.
- Take every suit seriously--even those in which employee is acting as her own lawyer
- Worker fails to give FMLA proof? Cut 'Em loose
- It cuts both ways: Men as sexual harassment victims
- Don't let policies rot on a shelf; educate staff or lose your defense
- Courts won't second-guess honest business decisions