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Why ignoring sexual harassment is bad for employers

Sexual harassment can take place regardless of what field a Florida resident may work in. Although cases of harassment occur in many different companies, only 30 percent of female victims make complaints according to a representative of the EEOC. A smaller number of victims will file a charge with the EEOC. In some cases, companies that know or suspect that harassment has taken place may ignore it or hesitate to take action.

This may be more likely if the accused was an executive or someone else who is vital to the company’s success. However, failing to take action could result in damage to a company’s image as well as financial penalties. Typically, a charge made to the EEOC will result in a business being investigated at the very least. If the case has merit, it could cost a company hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

If issues related to gender discrimination or sexual harassment come to light, it could lead to issues finding investors or talent in the future. As cases may be leaked through social media, the public may quickly be aware of accusations against a brand. Therefore, it is a good idea for any business to develop anti-harassment policies and write them down. If a current policy is several months or years old, it may be worth reviewing it.

Those who believe that they are victims of workplace harassment may wish to talk with a Boca Raton, Florida attorney. This may make it possible to review a potential case against an employer. Legal counsel may be able to help gather evidence such as statements from managers, screenshots or other information that may verify that harassing behavior took place.

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