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Protect your employees from sexual harassment by putting a sexual harassment policy in place - the sooner the better!

by , 16 April 2013
HarassMap recently started a campaign titled 'Sexual harassment is a crime that's inexcusable,' based on its annual report on the latest statistics and analyses on sexual harassment in Egypt. But sexual harassment isn't just a problem in Egypt - it's rife everywhere. That's why you need to put a firm sexual harassment policy in place in your business today, to protect your business from sexual harassment claims by preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. Here's how...

 
Sexual harassment is such a big social issue in Egypt that the HarassMap initiative was started in 2010 to monitor sexual harassment problems by presenting incidents of sexual harassment on a map, says Patheos.com
 
 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.
 
Here's why you need to implement a sexual harassment policy in your workplace today!
 
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). 
 
And the employee will usually sue the employer because the employer is more likely to have the money to pay, says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf.
 
That's why you need to make sure you have a sexual harassment policy in place.
 
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.
 
 This includes unwelcome innuendos, sex-related jokes or insults, says The Practical Guide to Human Resources Management.
 
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.
 
Then, follow up with regular training sessions for all employees says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf – don't forget to include your support staff like security guards.
 
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.
 
It's the best way to protect your employees from sexual harassment in the workplace.
 


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