How can sexual harassment training in the workplace protect my company from liability in Maryland?
The EEOC is the federal governing body that describes and enforces sexual harassment and discrimination laws. Read more at (EEOC Harassment). According to the EEOC sexual harassment and other forms of employment discrimination violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA).
In 2018, the EEOC found that out of 1,941 workplace discrimination charges filed in Maryland, 29.5% were related to sexual harassment. These 565 charges made up 2.3% of the total sexual harassment charges filed in the US in 2018.
In 2012, a medical facility had to pay $168 million in a sexual harassment settlement to a physicians assistant who was sexually harassed by male co-workers. When the employee complained she was retaliated against with defamation, false accusations, and unwarranted discipline. View more information on the settlement.
There are a number of steps the EEOC recommends that employers take to reduce their chances of liability for sexual harassment claims.
- Implementing a strong and well understood sexual harassment policy.
- Providing a robust sexual harassment training program for training employees and supervisors.
- Establishing an effective complaint and grievance process, within which the employees do not have to fear retaliation.
- An employer should act Immediately to investigate any complaint or grievance.
- The employer should take immediate steps such as disciplinary action to stop harassment.
- Employees should be encouraged to confront the harasser directly and inform them that the conduct is inappropriate as well as informing management and Human Resources
Sexual Harassment Training Tip: Prevention is the BEST tool.
By ensuring that employees understand and are well trained in workplace sexual harassment policies, employers can greatly reduce their chances of being liable for monetary damages in sexual harassment cases.
Our onsite Sexual Harassment training seminars are also available in the following Maryland hotels:
Holiday Inn Baltimore
301 W. Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD, 21201
Hampton Inn Columbia
8880 Columbia 100 TKWY
Columbia, MD, 21045