In college, I wanted to write for some of the major newspapers and be on their front page.
Little did I know that my big break would now come years later, as a result of being on the cover of the Hartford Business Journal.
But enough about me. This blog is about employment law so let’s talk about the article inside the HBJ because it’s definitely worth a read. ‘
You see, the photo, has little to do with the content. And the content is what employers should really be paying attention to.
The article is all about the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace, which continues to make headlines each day.
As I noted in the article, we just haven’t seen an increase in lawsuits….yet.
[F]or non-celebrity victims and their employers, the implications are just as dangerous and costly, so prevention is becoming a greater focus for many companies, lawyers say.
“It’s been the topic of conversation,” said Dan Schwartz, an employment lawyer at Hartford law firm Shipman & Goodwin, who has his own blog where he’s been tackling the issue. “It is at a level we haven’t seen in at least 10 to 15 years. There’s always been a steady stream [of inquiries] but we’re getting more calls from clients. It doesn’t mean we’re seeing more legal cases being filed. Lawsuits are a trailing indicator here.”
The article also summarizes things that employers can be doing now, even if there isn’t a sexual harassment complaint made. Update policies. Train managers and supervisors. Continually create an environment where harassment isn’t tolerated.
Each week seemingly brings new issues to the table; employers that can keep their focus on the issue while also maintaining perspective will do well in the long-term to reduce the likelihood of a claim at the workplace.