In the workplace, employees and even managers can often become friendly and forget the professional and legal responsibilities that must guide their conversations. A joking comment about a coworker’s age or accent today can easily turn into a lawsuit tomorrow. Following these guidelines can help safeguard your company.
- Train supervisors on how to deal with inappropriate banter or remarks.
- Train employees on the company’s harassment and discrimination policies.
- Don’t retaliate against someone who makes a complaint.
- Document your conversations, discipline, and trainings to show proof that you made a strong effort at educating your employees.
If faced with a situation you think could lead to an EEOC claim or lawsuit, contact your HR Consultant at Nextep immediately for guidance.