What can employers do to stop sexual harassment in the Orange County workplace. Here is my top ten list:

  • Display the poster required by law advising employees about discrimination and their options.
  • Distribute an information sheet on sexual harassment to each employee.
  • Include an effective policy regarding harassment, discrimination, and discipline in an employee handbook.
  • Regularly train employees on the subtleties of discrimination and ways to prevent it.
  • Prohibit discriminatory comments or jokes, especially of a sexual or ethnic nature.
  • Institute a non-fraternization policy between management and those they supervise.
  • Fairly enforce policies required by law and those you have instituted.
  • Don’t retaliate against victims of harassment in any manner.
  • Institute a standard complaint and investigation procedure.
  • And lastly, establish and follow a fair and decent dress standard with both sexes to prevent intentional or mis-perceived messages from being given.

The only way to stop sexual harassment in the workplace is when employers take steps to prevent it.

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Don D. Sessions, a Mission Viejo attorney, author and law school professor, helps employees enforce their rights. For questions, call (800) 774-7494 or visit Orange County Employee Rights Lawyer. © Don D. Sessions

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