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Best Practices for Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Posted by: Emma Berdanier on December 4th, 2018

J. Kent Staffing is pleased to share this white paper authored by LaRona Mondt, Esq. and Wayne Penebaker, Esq., corporate attorneys with Messner Reeves LLP. Messner Reeves is a Denver-based full-service business law firm.

Under federal law, employers must prevent and correct instances of harassment in the workplace. Employers need to actively work at preventing sexual harassment in the workplace and addressing it as it arrises. As it stands, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided guidance for employers on best practices for preventing and addressing sexual harassment. The EEOC set forth the following guidelines to ensure the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace.

EEOC Core Principles to Follow

The EEOC identified core principles that have proven effective for addressing harassment in the workplace. Incorporating the principles, employers should:

Following the guidance of the EEOC, many employers have already begun applying these principles to create a safer work environment. No law, state or federal, requires the adoption of these principles. But their application improves sexual harassment prevention and increases compliance with existing federal employment discrimination laws.

Actively Preventing Sexual Harassment

Implementing the EEOC’s core principles begins with the leadership of the company. Above all, senior leaders must create and maintain a culture in which harassment is not tolerated. Consequently, with this support intact, employers should develop an extensive anti-sexual harassment policy. Further, by implementing these policies, companies will actively work at preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.