Businesses should take note from the hard lesson learned from one Las Vegas business about how sexual harassment of employees should not be tolerated in the workplace.
The following article was published on the KNXT News Radio website, (KNXT.com) which highlighted a recent sexual harassment ruling against a local car dealership:
Car Dealership Settles Sexual Harassment Case
A now-closed Las Vegas car dealership has agreed to pay 110-thousand dollars to settle a federal sexual harassment case.
According to a news release, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged Bill Heard Chevrolet managers and employees with making “crude remarks” about the bodies of nine car saleswomen, solicited them for dates or sexual favors, and “grabbed at a woman employee’s breasts.” The EEOC also claims the saleswomen who complained were disciplined, demoted or fired. Bill Heard Chevrolet closed its dealership on Decatur Boulevard in 2008 and its parent company filed for bankruptcy.
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Supervisors who are presented with accusations of sexual harassment should promptly investigate accusations. If it is found that the accusation is valid, it is important to deal swiftly with the offending employee(s).
All businesses, no matter how small should have a policy that clearly outlines the company’s position on sexual harassment, including how victims of harassment can report any concerns. All staff should be made aware that there is a zero tolerence level for harassment of any kind in the work place and what the consequences are for employees found to be in violation of your policy.
Consult with an employment lawyer for assistance with developing a policy for your company.
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