Ignorance is not bliss: Proactive Approaches to Address Sex-based Harassment

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By Catharine Morisset & Meg Burnham, Fisher Phillips

 

Over the past 20 years, sex-based workplace discrimination charges have been one of the most common employee-asserted claims before the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) — second only to race. Now the #MeToo movement has pushed workplace sexual harassment and assault in the national spotlight.

As the EEOC states in its 2016 Task Force Report on Harassment in the Workplace, “Employers should care about preventing harassment because it is the right thing to do.” The EEOC also points out that stopping illegal harassment is an employer’s legal duty. This responsibility, particularly in today’s cultural climate, means that every business, regardless of industry, should reevaluate company policies and practices with regard to preventing harassment, offering opportunities to report issues and responding promptly and adequately to claims and concerns.

 

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