Employers that create and implement clear, well-publicized policies for reporting sexual and other forms of harassment can defeat many co-worker harassment claims.
The key is to come up with a specific process featuring more than one avenue through which employees can complain. Then let employees know it’s there for their use.
If they choose not to complain, that may block a later lawsuit.
Recent case: Dawn, who is black, worked for an AutoZone store on Long Island until she was fired for getting into a fight with a white co-worker over comments he allegedly made about Dawn’s husband.
An investigation followed in which co-workers described the incident. AutoZone decided to fire both employees for violating its rule against violence in the workplace.
Dawn sued, claiming she had endured a racially hostile work environment for months.
She said co-workers called her an assortment of insulting and odd names, including “black ass,...(register to read more)