Expert outlines steps for employers when reevaluating sexual harassment policies

Updated: Dec. 1, 2017 at 7:17 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With sexual harassment in the workplace making so many headlines, some businesses are reevaluating their policies.

Attorney John Baumann is a legal consultant and former professor at the University of Louisville. He spoke with WAVE 3 News' Dawn Gee on Friday to talk about the proactive steps employers can take when reassessing their sexual harassment policies.

"You've got to involve all the employees. And you've got to let them know that it's a serious issue and you take it seriously", Baumann said. "You have to make it the top of the list. Not lip service. Not 'oh we have to go through that training again'. Not check the box. But make it real."

Baumann suggested using real-life examples to drive home the training.

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The first step is drafting a concise policy against discrimination and harassment.

Next, thorough training for everyone, from CEO's all the way down.

It's also important supervisors know how to properly investigate complaints, to help prevent company liability should a lawsuit arise.

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