Sexual harassment is not a problem of the past, as demonstrated by recent news reports on allegations of rampant harassment at high-profile companies. Most employers are well aware that sexual harassment is unlawful under both California and federal law, but that doesn’t seem to stop the problem from occurring.
An issue that often surfaces during sexual harassment investigations is workplace culture. What tone is being set at the office? Is the office culture one where sexual jokes and banter is OK? When harassment claims are reported, what happens? Are the claims taken seriously or brushed aside?
Keep in mind that California employers have an affirmative duty to take reasonable steps to prevent and promptly correct discriminatory and harassing conduct.
Plan ahead to manage your organization’s sexual harassment risk.
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