Locke Lord Labor and Employment lawyers hosted a webinar providing insight to companies on how to combat sexual harassment in the workplace and best practices for preventing and mitigating incidents. The Firm’s webinar, recapped by The Texas Lawbook, reviewed elements of a strong sexual harassment policy, employee training and basic steps involved in investigations by management into sexual harassment complaints.
Houston Partner Michael Rose addressed establishing a company’s sexual harassment policy saying it needs to provide “assurance that employees who make complaints or participate in an investigation will be protected against retaliation, assurance the employer will protect the confidentiality of complaints to the extent possible,” and a guarantee that complaint process will provide a “prompt, thorough and impartial investigation.”
Dallas Partner Kim Williams addressed training topics such as guide for how co-workers can assist in reporting, and providing examples of respectful behavior. She also noted that the most important part of training is that it should be addressed starting in the c-suite: “Make sure leadership understands the issue. They need to understand that it is more than just a policy and [the company intends] to train on why the issue is important and how it affects their workplace.”
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