Avoiding Sexual Harassment Claims in Iowa: Practical Advice

Employers have an obligation to prevent sexual and other forms of harassment in the workplace. Some ways to avoid harassment claims include the following:

  • Have a written policy against harassment which should include an anti-retaliation provision for those employees who report harassment.
  • Provide and communicate in writing multiple channels for your complaint procedure. Employees should be able to report harassment to more than one person within the company. The complaint process should be clearly defined in your employment manual.
  • Make sure you train supervisors each year and require supervisors to report harassing conduct.
  • Once notified of harassing conduct – take immediate action to investigate.

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