Carol Petitt

Attorney

Vaughn Petitt Legal Group, PLLC

Roundtable

Harassment – What Not to Say to an Employee

In any situation where people work together there is always the possibility for harassment among employees to occur and when men and women working together, there is the potential for this to become sexual harassment.  In recent years, in both the public and private sector, the number of workplace harassment claims has increased dramatically. While some individuals may feel that ‘harassment” means only “sexual harassment”, it has become clear that in today’s work environment the term is much broader than that.  Dealing with harassment is a costly proposition for Counties.  It can result in low morale, absenteeism, reduced productivity, employee turnover, damages and litigation costs. For elected officials, it can also have negative consequences at the ballot box as well.   This session will focus on what types of conduct can be considered harassment and what the appropriate response should be.

 

Harassment-What Not to Say to an Employee

  1. What is “Harassment”;
  2. What is a “Hostile Work Environment”;
  3. What is “Discrimination”;
  4. Reporting requirements;
  5. Investigate, document and act;
  6. Get the facts;
  7. Follow the process.

Harassment-You Can't Say (PowerPoint) (PDF)

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