No list of company policies would be complete without an anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy.
This is one of the company policies you need to limit your organization’s liability. Anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies are the first step in complying with U.S. employment laws about equal employment, civil rights, and discrimination.
What is workplace discrimination?
Workplace discrimination is defined as treating someone differently or unfairly because of factors such as their race, skin color, national origin, age, gender, disability, or religion.
For example, discrimination may happen if a company excludes employees of a certain race or gender from opportunities for promotion.
What is workplace harassment?
Workplace harassment is a form of discrimination. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, harassment involves unwelcome verbal or physical behavior that is based on the factors above.
There are several different types of harassment in the workplace. But in general, harassment becomes illegal when the employee must endure the offensive behavior in order to keep their job. Or when it results in a hostile work environment.
Protecting your organization
Clear, thorough policies and training can help set the tone for an inclusive, respectful work environment. They can keep your organization out of court and ensure that your employees feel safe and comfortable at work.
It’s especially important to safeguard your organization and your employees from sexual harassment, which can be detrimental both to the wellbeing of your staff and the integrity of your organization.
The policies should prohibit discrimination and harassment, provide some simple definitions and examples, and lay out the process for reporting and the consequences if an employee is found in violation of the policies.
In order for anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies to be effective, you need to ensure that every employee reads and acknowledges them.
A good policy management software can help you easily distribute policies to all employees and collect electronic signatures.