Long before the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and others became common knowledge, many employers took steps they thought would ensure a safe work environment for all employees. But many of those employers are now asking: Are we doing enough?
This is a smart question to ask since the large corporations generating media headlines on this issue – NBC News, ABC, CBS, NPR, FOX, ESPN, Tesla, the New York City Ballet, Google, and others – surely took basic steps most employers take to prevent harassment. Assuredly, each of these companies had an anti-harassment policy and complaint procedure, as well as policies protecting employees from retaliation if they came forward.
However, the recent news has highlighted the fact that those policies and procedures do not always accomplish the desired result of a harassment-free workplace. Now is the perfect time to revisit this issue and ensure that you are doing all you can to avoid having the next #metoo occur on your watch.
If you are wondering what more you can do to ensure a safe, non-hostile work environment, consider the following suggestions:
Ulmer attorneys stand ready to help you take these steps and more to ensure that concerns of harassment do not distract from your desire to thrive in 2018. Please feel free to contact us at any time if we can be of assistance.