According to a study by Vanderbilt University, women are six times more likely to be faced with sexual harassment in the workplace than men.
For employers maintaining a safe and healthy work environment, it is essential that all employees are treated with dignity and equality. If an individuals feels harassed by a colleague, the company has the responsibility to address the issue immediately and possibly enforce a disciplinary action, otherwise it may be liable for damages and forced to rely on employment practices insurance to cover legal costs.
Recently, an Illinois lawyer was suspended one year for informing a secretarial applicant that their job duties would include sexual activities.
"In addition to the legal work, you would be required to have sexual interaction with me and my partner, sometimes together, sometimes separate," the lawyer said in response to a resume, according to ABA journal. "You will have to be comfortable doing this with us."
Although this is an extreme case, business owners should be sure to follow proper hiring procedures.