For people who dream of running their own business, their vision usually involves what type of product they'll sell, what their logo will logo like or how they'll run the operation from a macro perspective. Then they get their dream and it's fulfilling, but there's a lot more that comes with it than they expected. That includes all the day-to-day minutia and dealing with potential conflicts between employees, like claims of harassment.
Harassment can take many forms:
- Race, sex, national origin and religion
- Gender Identity
- Criminal history
- Political beliefs
- Immigration status
These are just a few of the reasons an employee could claim harassment at the workplace. So how can an employer protect their employees from dealing with harassment and protect themselves from claims? Here are a few ways:
- Refrain from including any religious or political references in the office. For instance, printing a verse on paychecks or hanging a picture of a political figure around the office could constitute harassment.
- Don't talk about ethnicities or use racial epithets at the workplace and discourage employees from doing so.
- Consider sensitivity training for yourself and all employees so you can create an environment of inclusiveness.
Finally, having an attorney looking after your business affairs can be invaluable. An employment law attorney can handle all of your legal paperwork, but he or she can also give you professional advice on avoiding harassment claims and help you institute programs that will create a safer working environment for everyone.