Creating a harassment policy is critical in creating a safe and respectful work environment. A well-drafted harassment policy can not only protect employees from harassment and discrimination but also protect the employer from legal liability.
Harassment in the workplace is a serious issue that in recent years has received more attention. It is essential for corporations to have a clear policy in place to address harassment, which is defined means engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome. This can include harassment based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and other protected characteristics.
Having a harassment policy in place provides clear guidelines for what behaviour is acceptable in the workplace and what is not. This can help employees understand the consequences of their actions and provide a clear reporting process for those who experience harassment. Furthermore, a well-drafted harassment policy can help deter potential harassers and send a message that harassment will not be tolerated in the workplace.
In addition to protecting employees, a harassment policy can also protect the employer from legal liability. Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe and non-discriminatory work environment. If an employee experiences harassment and the employer failed to have an appropriate policy in place, the employer may be held liable for the harm suffered by the employee. A harassment policy can help demonstrate that the employer has taken steps to prevent harassment and is serious about addressing it when it occurs.
Having a harassment policy can help create a more positive work environment. Employees who feel safe and respected at work are more likely to be productive, engaged, and motivated. This can lead to increased morale, improved employee retention, and better overall performance.
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By Sean Gladney, CEO, The Investigators Group Inc.
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