How to Make Your Workplace a Harassment-Free Zone

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on January 25, 2018

harassment free zone If we had to pick one buzzword that defined employment law in 2017, it would be harassment. The #MeToo movement outed some huge names across industries, and doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down anytime soon. It’s time for employers to take worker complaints seriously and quit protecting harassers, no matter how big a name they are or how large a client base they command, because the fallout could be much worse if unheard complaints go viral.

Improving your work environment can be done in three simple steps. First, recognize harassment. Until recently, those who reported problem behavior were treated like they were the problem. Take a look at complaints and see if any names repeat. Look for patterns in certain positions or power dynamics. Remember that harassment is both pay for play and creating a hostile work environment, which can include unwelcome gifts, invasion of personal space, unwanted touching, and other similar behavior. The individual who complains does not have to be the target of the behavior, either.

The next critical step is providing safe and confidential ways to report sexual harassment. This includes clear reporting guidelines, as well as alternative reporting methods in case an employee’s supervisor is the one doing the harassing.

However, reporting means nothing if policies are not enforced. Claims need to be investigated and acted on in a consistent way. When employees see that such claims are taken seriously and acted on promptly, regardless of their seniority, income, or title, it deters future incidents.

Call Miami Employment Lawyer Isaac Benmergui at 305.397.8547 and set up a no charge, no obligation consultation to discuss your case. We have over a decade of experience handling Employment Law and Civil Litigation cases throughout Miami and South Florida, and will use our expertise to help your case to the best of our abilities.

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