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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 156 IDEA: Be Serious about Your Sexual Harassment Policy

Sexual harassment is serious business. That's why even the smallest company should have a written policy in place. According to federal regulations, a company is responsible for sexual harassment in the workplace “where the employer (or its agents or supervisory employees) knows or should have known of the conduct.”

If you think telling sexual jokes or touching employees is funny, it's not. Of all working women, 40 to 60 percent have reported being subjected to some sort of sexual harassment on the job, according to the American Psychological Association.

Complaints from employees should never be taken lightly or dismissed. The last thing you need is an expensive and time-consuming ...

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