Over the last two months, we have discussed how an employee's claims of sexual harassment can affect your company. We covered tips on how to handle the complaints and provided tips on how to investigate claims and train management. Even in the best-handled of cases, there is a still a chance that you will find yourself in court trying to protect your business.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes regulations involving sexual harassment. This act applies to employers who have at least 15 employees. It is important for you to learn how this act applies to your company if you have 15 or more employees.
If an employee claims that he or she was sexually harassed, that employee might file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC will open an investigation into the matter. That investigation might eventually lead to litigation.
The last thing that you want to do is to lose a sexual harassment lawsuit because the damage that your company might sustain could be more than just a financial hit. In some cases, your company's reputation might suffer so much that overcoming that damage might be very difficult.
If you are facing a court battle over sexual harassment claims by an employee, we can help you learn about what options you have to resolve the case. If you have already been to court and the case has been resolved in the complainant's favor, we can help you to determine if filing an appeal is something that is suitable for your case.