Author: Lisa Pierson Weinberger, Mom, Esq.
When to Use This Policy
Federal, state and local laws protect against sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers have an obligation to prevent sexual harassment, and to respond appropriately when it occurs. A critical component of any sexual harassment prevention program is a well-drafted Sexual Harassment Policy. Such a policy, if enforced, will also aid in the defense of any sexual harassment-related lawsuit or administrative charge or for evidence in any investigation or disciplinary proceeding.
The policy should be communicated to employees at the commencement of employment and periodically thereafter in connection with employer-sponsored sexual harassment trainings. Employers should make sure that employees sign and acknowledge that they have received and understand the policy and consent to its terms. The policy should be referred to whenever a claim of sexual harassment arises.
Below is a model policy that should be further tailored to fit the employer's specific needs