Thursday, March 14, 2013

Handling Workplace Sexual Harassment Complaints – 5 Best Practices to follow

The laws against sexual harassment, a form of sex discrimination, are included in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which applies to:      employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments,  employment agencies,   labor organizations,    the federal government
The following types of behavior/conduct would be classified as sexual harassment:
  • -       Unwelcome sexual advances,
  • -       Requests for sexual favors, and
  • -      Other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct:

o   Explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment,
o   Unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or
o   Creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment
The EEOC, in its description of when and how sexual harassment can occur, says that inappropriate conduct can take place in a variety of circumstances, 

READ detail about employer's role in sexual harassment complaints, consequences of improper handling and the top 5 best practices to follow in handling sexual harassment.


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