Sexual harassment is a serious accusation that can impact your business in many ways. According to Employment Knowledge Online, sexual harassment can include requests for sexual favors, unwelcome advances and other verbal or physical actions of a sexual nature. This type of harassment is often intimidating and demoralizing, and can lower your employees’ overall morale, affect employee performance and reduce your revenue intake. Here at The Jackson Law Firm, we know how important your business is to you and we often provide advice on how companies can reduce the risk of sexual harassment charges.
Sexual harassment and discrimination training is not required by law for all employers in Texas except for state employees and supervisors. However, implementing harassment and sensitivity training and disciplinary procedures can educate your employees on what is not tolerated in the workplace; the steps they can take to prevent being victimized; and what can happen if they violate company policies.
It’s crucial to educate employees on what’s expected of them while on the job. Not only does this go for work duties, it also applies to a worker’s behavior toward others. All it takes is for one employee or incident to create a hostile work environment, even if you, as an employer, have taken steps to educate workers on workplace etiquette and the ramifications of sexual harassment. However, when consequences are followed through, including discipline and termination, the chances of employment litigation can be greatly reduced.
To learn more about sexual harassment and other issues, visit our page on employment litigation.