A Business-Minded Approach To Employment Law

How should employers deal with claims of sexual harassment?

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2024 | Sexual Harassment |

In any place of business, those in charge are responsible for ensuring a respectful and inclusive atmosphere. When an employee comes forward with claims of sexual discrimination, the employer must respond appropriately.

The reactions of those in positions of power not only affect the individual behind the allegations. It also sets the tone for the entire organization regarding its values and ethics.

Listen actively and with empathy

Resolving the issue begins with active listening. In anticipation of such incidents, there needs to be an open, nonjudgmental space where employees can feel comfortable speaking freely already in place. Employers should encourage claimants to be frank in recounting the details of their experiences, reassuring them that their concerns are valid and of legitimate concern.

Provide immediate and consistent support

After hearing the staff member’s concerns, there should be an offer to access counseling services. There might also be discussions on adjusting the person’s working situation. Before concluding the meeting, employers should stress that they will address the issue promptly and fairly.

Engage in clear and decisive action

Once an employer understands the situation, the company must take appropriate steps to address the matter. This means investigating the claim thoroughly and speaking with members of the organization in a way that respects the dignity of everyone. Employers should provide the whistleblowing staffer with updates on the progress of the investigation and what actions they plan to take.

Follow up and foster a better workplace

With the matter resolved, employers must verify that everyone feels safe and supported. They should also seize the moment by strengthening corporate policies against wrongful behavior. Regular training sessions on workplace ethics and the consequences of sexual discrimination can prevent future problems from cropping up.

The proper handling of sexual discrimination claims not only addresses the immediate concern. By taking the right steps, employers create a more desirable venture.