Although sexual harassment has always been a central employment-linked concern for companies in Ohio and nationally, it has seldom – if ever – garnered more attention than it is currently receiving.
The reasons for that are multiple and obvious. Most centrally, perhaps, they owe to the steady stream of stories surrounding harassment allegations against high-profile figures in politics, the entertainment industry and business.
That heightened focus has led to a reported scurrying of activity in American companies, with owners and managers increasingly recognizing the threats posed by harassment claims and the attendant damage that can result.
A recent article spotlighting on-the-job sexual harassment stresses well the bottom line for businesses concerning what is a progressively ballooning topic. The publication Claims Journal notes that companies are “subject to liability and financial loss if they fail to appropriately protect their workers.”
Indeed, the potential for a stark downside linked with a harassment claim is huge. A commercial enterprise’s reputation could come under threat. Customers and suppliers could turn away. The press might become undecidedly unfriendly. Company profit margins might be adversely affected.
That collection of potential hits to an affected business strongly merits company principals’ timely and proactive attention toward formal policies that show them to be forward-thinking in employment matters. Empirical data indicates that increasingly more companies are taking purposeful steps to craft and implement programs that seek to better protect both employees and the business entity itself against harassing claims and behavior.
Questions or concerns regarding on-the-job harassment and legal tools that can help safeguard against it can be directed to attorneys at an experienced employment law firm.