The worst part?
According to the latest statistics on sexual harassment
, 9.1% of the harassers were security guards, there for employees' safety.
So there's a strong possibility that sexual harassment
is taking place in your business too, without you even knowing it.
Added to this, sexual harassment
can cost your business a significant amount because an employee who is sexually harassed by another employee can sue the employer for the damages s/he suffers (in addition to suing the harasser).
But it's not just women who are sexually discriminated against…
Your company could get into trouble for discriminating against employees for their sexual orientation, too, because sexual orientation is one of 20 areas of discrimination the Department of Labour
says you need to prevent in the workplace.
In fact, up to 43% of gay people report that they've experienced some form of harassment at the workplace based on their sexual orientation, says AmericanProgress
So make sure that you've explained exactly what counts as sexual harassment
and that your employees understand your company's sexual harassment
policy by getting them to read through it and sign that they've done so.
This way, you'll be able to refresh your employees' knowledge of the sexual harassment
policy, so they can't claim they 'didn't know' the policy.