Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: A Primer for Small Businesses
| Duration: 60 Minutes
Presented by: E. Ashley Sims, Esq.
If your company faces a sexual harassment claim, will your employees and business be protected?

Sexual harassment headlines seem like a new reality show with a daily reveal: Which powerful executive or celebrity will be accused of or admit to sexually harassing his colleagues today? But when the lawsuits start, these men are very likely not the only ones who will pay the price for their behavior. Employers (like you) are responsible for harassment when legal action results, and they can be held liable unless they show that they dealt effectively with the problem.

Think you’re safe just because you’re a small business or agency—and you know your managers would never sexually harass anyone? Think again.

Between 2010 and 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received over 51,000 harassment-based charges from employees who work for private companies and state/local government agencies like yours—and recovered $296 million for complainants during that period. And these direct costs are “just the tip of the iceberg,” the EEOC has warned.

Even an allegation can bring about significant loss: of reputation, productivity, top talent and customers. And a successful lawsuit could bury you in legal and settlement fees—and possibly put you out of business for good.

So how do you protect your small business or agency—and your employees—in the wake of a sexual harassment claim? By creating an effective anti-harassment policy and training all of your employees regularly on how to comply.

You might be thinking, “I’m good, I already have a policy in place.” But have you updated it in the last six months? Do you know how it stacks up to both state and federal legal standards? And are you conducting regular sexual harassment trainings for your employees?

If you answered “No” to any of these questions, then we want you to join us for our webinar Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace­: A Primer for Small Businesses on Tuesday, December 19 at 1pm EST/12pm CT/10am PT, hosted by employment lawyer E. Ashley Sims.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Simple ways to determine whether (and when) your sexual harassment policy must be updated
  • The content your policy must include to protect the safety of your business and your employees
  • The basics of sexual harassment in the workplace and the red flags that may indicate holes in your policy
  • An understanding of more complex issues, such as same-sex harassment, so that you can answer employees’ questions with confidence
  • Sexual harassment training techniques to use with your employees
  • How to handle sexual harassment allegations when they arise and how to prevent them in the first place
  • Lessons from real-life examples of sexual harassment from today’s headlines

By the end of this webinar, you’ll have what you need to create, update and train others on your anti-harassment policy—so that both your company and your employees are protected.

Do not wait to address this crucial aspect of running your small business or agency. Get prepared now . . . before you face a sexual harassment issue, have no idea what to do, and put your hard-earned money and the safety of your employees at risk. Our webinar will give you the tools and expertise you need.

Here are the details again:

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: A Primer for Small Businesses

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 1pm EST/12pm CT/10am PT

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About Our Speaker

E. Ashley SimsE. Ashley Sims is an associate with the law firm of Condon Tobin Sladek Thornton in Dallas, where her diverse employment law and litigation practice encompasses a wide range of disputes and advice and counsel matters. Ashley represents employers in all varieties of employment law disputes, including claims arising out of Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 2008 Amendments Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, and Texas wage and hour laws. She further provides advice and counsel to employers in all aspects of employment law compliance. On the business litigation side, Ashley routinely represents clients engaged in contractual disputes, as well as litigation involving trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty and other business torts.