Be Prepared for Harassment Claims

Lenore writes, “Buzz we have some concerns in our medium-sized business over how to deal with harassment (i.e., sexual harassment or racial discrimination, etc.). Thankfully, we haven't seen any cases but we want to be best prepared for the possibility. How can we do that?”

Dear Lenore,

“Thanks for the question, Lenore. Next week I'll be writing about this in greater detail on but I have two pieces of advice right now for you:

1. Create a written policy today! Having a policy in place won't prevent harassment from happening but it will ensure that you handle each case properly and efficiently.
2. In your size of business, there aren't a lot of options to turn to if someone does feel harassed. A panel, rather than a single human resources person, is a good choice to make sure that there are several people to turn to.”