When you first started your company it was probably just you and perhaps one other person. People who work long hours in close quarters tend to get a little too casual in their conversations and that can hurt you down the road in the form of a sexual harassment lawsuit. No matter how diminutive your company is you need to be professional at all times.
Even the smallest company needs to have a sexual harassment training policy in place. Educating your employees as what exactly sexual harassment is and how to avoid anything they do or say being construed as such is very important, and a good training program is paramount in making sure your company doesn’t fall victim to a sexual harassment lawsuit.
A good sexual harassment training course should consist of different modules that concentrate on identifying potential scenarios for sexual harassment, situations that could be interpreted as sexual harassment, and ways to head off any growing situations that could be used down the road as fodder for a sexual harassment lawsuit.
A good sexual harassment training program should also cover how to document any claims of sexual harassment and investigate the claim.
While the majority of sexual harassment claims are just there should also be a component for identifying the small percentage of people who file bogus sexual harassment claims on the off-chance the company would be willing to settle out of court…