Managing Sexual Harassment Risk:
Policy Considerations & Preventative Actions

By Chris Huber | Business Development Director
Casey Bean | Business Development & Marketing Analyst

News of sexual harassment allegations targeted against high-profile personalities has dominated the headlines. Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Al Franken, and countless other popular entertainment, media, political, and business figures have all been reported for their offensive conduct. Although many of the reported offenses occurred years ago, the organizations represented by the accused are being discredited and held liable because of the accusations that have surfaced recently.

Sexual harassment claims aren’t just limited to Hollywood and the Capitol. They’re present in workplaces throughout the country. By clearly defining what constitutes sexual harassment at your organization and taking preventative actions, you can reduce the likelihood of sexual harassment claims from happening at your organization.

Policy Considerations

Sexual harassment policies should contain the following items:

Preventative Actions

Consider taking these actions to prevent sexual harassment:

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers have a legal duty to investigate sexual harassment complaints and must take actions to prevent the reoccurrence of such offensive conduct in the workplace. Download the Sexual Harassment Compliance Overview guide below for best practices that will help you prevent sexual harassment at your workplace and ensure your organization is compliant with harassment laws.

Be on the lookout for more tips and strategies that will help your organization proactively manage sexual harassment and other professional liability risks. Contact a BKS Advisor for key coverage recommendations by calling 813-984-3200.

1-2.  “Preventing Sexual Harassment Claims in the Workplace.” Zywave, Inc., n.p., n.d., Web. 18 December 2017.

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