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The fight against harassment has spread to all corners of society – from Hollywood and the Golden Globes to everyday workplaces. Here are 10 top tips for employers about dealing with harassment in the workplace.
- Know what Harassment is: It’s defined as ‘unwanted conduct’ that violates, intimidates, is hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive.
- Know who it applies to: If an employee finds a behaviour unacceptable or if they feel damaged by it, they have the right to complain.
- Know the grounds for harassment: These include sex, sexual orientation, race, disability, age and religious beliefs.
- Communicate zero tolerance: Make it crystal clear what is acceptable and what is unacceptable behaviour at work.
- Know the signs: Offensive jokes, lewd comments, unwanted physical contact, offensive pictures, private life speculation and isolating people.
- Training: All employees should attend equal opportunities and diversity training.
- Be accessible: Encourage your employees to report harassment and be alert of the signs.
- Investigating: You must have a set process in place and act quickly.
- Disciplinary procedure: If the allegations are well founded they should be dealt with in accordance with this policy.
- Provide support: Keep the complainant informed and reassure them that their concerns are being taken seriously and being addressed.