DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT CLAIMS ON THE RISE
When was the last time you distributed your Anti-Harassment Policy, trained your Managers/Supervisors on their compliance obligations and conducted Anti-Harassment Training with your employees?
The most recent statistics are from 2007 and states that 75,768 EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) claims were filed, resulting in $229,900,000 in monetary awards (Note: this does not include lost company time or legal fee expenses).
In Massachusetts during this same period, 3,413 MCAD (Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination) cases were filed, of which 83% of claims were employment related, the other 17 % were filed for housing, public accommodations-related situations.
Of the MCAD filings the top 6 complaint categories were:
Disability – 20.5%
Sex – 17.4%
Race – 19.3%
Retaliation – 13%
Age – 9.4%
National Origin – 8.8%
What Can You Do?
Whether you have 1 employee to several hundred, you need to protect your organization. This includes:
- Training managers and supervisors as to their legal obligations so that they can help to enforce a zero tolerance policy;
- Adding the term “zero tolerance” in all written anti-discrimination and harassment policies and procedures;
- Conducting annual anti-discrimination and harassment training for all employees and maintain the proper postings in common areas in the workplace; and
- Instructing supervisors and managers to report, and your designated Human Resources Representative to investigate any and all complaints made by employees, no matter how trivial or inconsequential.