What should Louisiana employers do to prevent sexual harassment?

This blog often discusses problems in the workplace, including harassment and workplace discrimination. These are highly important issues that must be addressed in an aggressive fashion. When doing so, individuals often look at it from the victim's point of view, which is important. However, it is sometimes beneficial to view these matters from a different perspective. Therefore, this week we are going to look at sexual harassment from the standpoint of an employer. By knowing what an employer should do to prevent sexual harassment, Louisianans will more easily be able to identify when their employers are doing something wrong.

There are many steps employers can take to help curb sexual harassment. The first, and perhaps most obvious, is to create a very clear policy that defines sexual harassment, states that it is wholly unacceptable in the workplace, describes the consequences to be handed down on violators, and how reports can be made. Second, employers should monitor the work environment, keeping an eye out for improper behavior and asking employees about how they feel in the workplace.

Third, employers should encourage their employees to speak out about sexual harassment. Confidentiality should be guaranteed and reporting should not affect an employee's employment status in any way. Fourth, all complaints should be fully investigated by employers. Failing to do so could mean that the harassment will continue, leaving a victim vulnerable to a hostile work environment.

Those who have been subjected to sexual harassment should always speak up about what has happened to them. Hopefully their employer will believe them and take action, but this is not always the case. Therefore, those who suffer from sexual harassment, or any form of workplace discrimination, may want to speak with an experienced Louisiana attorney to learn what they can do to protect themselves.

Source: FindLaw, "Preventing Sexual Harassment," accessed on April 25, 2015

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