The Today show announced this week that Matt Lauer has been fired after nearly 24 years on the show following an allegation made by a colleague of “inappropriate sexual behavior.” I won’t bother linking to any of the news stories as you’ve probably already seen quite a few on this subject. What made this story more shocking was that Lauer’s termination came less than 48 hours after the allegation was made. This swift reaction demonstrates how attitudes in the public arena regarding workplace misconduct are beginning to shift. But power can be exploited at all levels, which is why it’s imperative that every business owner, large or small, is aware of the laws and their responsibility to maintain a workplace that is free of sexual harassment. An Associated Press article posted on Lancaster Online this morning discusses how Failing to address harassment allegations can cost employers.
This blog is the first in a series focusing on sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace. Follow up posts will look at what’s important from the employer’s view, the employee’s and that of the accused. As we become more comfortable having open discussion about workplace conduct, employers and employees need to learn more about this problem. A key starting point for this discussion is the understanding of what constitutes sexual harassment. Continue Reading Employers and Employees: Do You Understand the Law and Sexual Harassment?