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Vol. 1, Issue 41 (Sep 08) Harrassment Claims: Managing The Risk

Though not strictly health and safety – this first subject is about risk management.

Most employers are aware of their exposure to claims for injury arising from the negligence of their employees.

Many are not aware of the extent of the risk of claims for harassment. This could arise by the actions of an employee while their managers are blissfully ignorant.

A car dealership in Kent was some what poorer to the value of £270,000 following a successful sexual harassment claim against one of its managers. Such claims may arise from discrimination legislation: sex, race, age, disability, religion etc.

A new development is the use of the “antistalking” legislation, the Protection from Harassment Act. A major commercial bank found this out to its cost to the tune of £800,000 recently.

Most employers’ liability insurance policies do not cover claims under employment law such as discrimination legislation.

Most employers’ liability insurance policies do not cover claims under employment law such as discrimination legislation.

So how do you as an employer manage the risk?

First you need to ensure you have equal opportunities and harassment policies in place and up to date. It is not enough simply to ensure that the policy is in place: all employees need to be aware of it. As part of the induction process staff should be given a copy and asked to sign to say they have read it.

[Download the full article News Brief Vol. 1, Issue 41 (PDF)]

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